NBA Youngsters Under Most Pressure to Perform in 2013-14 Season

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NBA Youngsters Under Most Pressure to Perform in 2013-14 Season
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Let's take a moment to talk about young players in the NBA.

I don't mean rookies or sophomores. I don't mean mid-20s superstars like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love.

Rather, I'm referring to those poor, lost souls stuck somewhere in between. There are third- and fourth-year guys who still have to sing for their proverbial supper. There are those who now have added impetus to play up to their potential now that they've secured beaucoup bucks for the foreseeable future. And there are those who have plenty to prove after moving to new teams and leaving behind stagnant situations in the process.

They all share at least one thing in common: they're all shy of their respective primes. As such, there's still ample time for each of these guys to live up to the lofty expectations that were once (and, in many cases, are still) ascribed to them.

And every reason for them to do so in 2013-14. 

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