The 2013 NBA draft class was considered one of the weaker groups to enter the league in recent memory, but the truth is, a handful of rookies should be starters as soon as the season begins.
Regardless of how good a player projects to be, the fact remains that some teams simply need help. Cody Zeller was a questionable selection at No. 4, but the Charlotte Bobcats needed a big body. Michael Carter-Williams was taken 11th, but he’s now on a rebuilding roster with a self-inflicted hole at point guard.
Meanwhile, Anthony Bennett was the No. 1 pick in the draft, but unless the Cleveland Cavaliers want to play him at small forward, he’ll have to compete with proven players at bigger positions.
In 2012-13, we saw a rookie, Damian Lillard, play more minutes than anyone else in the Association. Don’t expect to see that theme hold true this time around, but don’t be surprised when a few of the league’s newest prospects are thrust into starting roles immediately upon making their NBA debuts.