NBA Sophomore Report Cards: Grading Campaigns of Top 2nd-Year Players

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NBA Sophomore Report Cards: Grading Campaigns of Top 2nd-Year Players
Jason DeCrow/Associated Press

Back in November, yours truly wondered if the 2013-14 NBA season would turn out to be "The Year of the Sophomore."

In many ways, that original query has proven prescient in the intervening months. Two second-year studs made their respective debuts as All-Stars in New Orleans last month. Scores more have either risen into more prominent roles or further established themselves in spots they'd previously occupied.

As such, picking out a handful or two to highlight was no easy task. The list of youngsters worthy of an honorable mention is rather lengthy, from Kendall Marshall (second in the NBA in assists per game) and Patrick Beverley (41 starts for the Houston Rockets) to Terrence Ross (dunks!), Jeremy Lamb (9.5 points off the bench in OKC) and John Henson (stuck on Larry Drew's yo-yo).

These guys have done plenty to earn recognition in Year 2 in the Association, though the following 10 figure to make the biggest marks of all—good, bad or indifferent.

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