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Ranking the 10 Best 3rd-Year Players in the NBA
The top players from the 2011 NBA Draft are now approaching the beginning of their third professional season.

The 2011 NBA draft, at the time considered one of the weaker drafts in recent memory, has produced a great number of solid, if not star-level players. With only two weeks until the 2013 season tips off, these players have spent the offseason preparing for their third professional season.

A player's third season is often a key indicator for his star potential in the league. Derrick Rose won league MVP in his third season in 2010-11. James Harden was the Sixth Man of the Year in 2011-12. Last season saw Paul George and John Wall rise to All-Star-caliber play, and they were handsomely rewarded with max-level contracts over the past few months.

With such great accolades and large contract extensions looming for the 2011 draft class, it's time to take a look at the 10 best third-year players in the league.

Honorable mentions: Enes Kanter, Tobias Harris, Derrick Williams, Iman Shumpert, and Isaiah Thomas.

Image above courtesy of She.Got.Game and all statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com, unless otherwise sourced.

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