It's all fine and well for Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller to show out during summer league or take the preseason by storm, but it'll be nice to see how the NBA's top rookies react to the increased intensity of games that actually count in the standings.
The 2013 NBA draft was widely regarded as lacking a transformative star, but based on what we've seen during the preseason, there might be a couple of guys who could prove that assessment wrong. And even if the current front-runners falter, there's enough talent behind them to assure the battle for the Rookie of the Year award will be extremely contentious.
Just days away from the start of the 2013-14 season, it's time to take stock of 10 rookies who have stood out so far, while keeping an eye on how their recent play has affected their position. Overall, players' preseason work will be the biggest factor here. But any signature moments or flashes of future excellence will count as well.
Let's take stock of the league's 10 best rookies.