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How to Fix NBA Rookies Who Are Still Struggling
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

There have been few standout NBA rookies this season, and many aren't even playing.

Most of the ones who are have stunk so far, and there's no secret as to why.

The only rookies who've seemed to overachieve have been Michael Carter-Williams, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke (based on his scoring outbursts and terrific assist-to-turnover ratio), while rookies like Steven Adams, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nate Wolters, Mason Plumlee and Matthew Dellavedova have played well in limited roles or doses.

The following players are the high draft picks and rookies getting regular minutes who haven't quite done enough with their opportunities. I've diagnosed each struggling rookie, listed his symptoms and prescribed a possible solution, with the order set based on where they went in the 2013 draft.


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