It's amazing how much you can learn about NBA players when you actually get to watch them play in the NBA.
Predicting the careers of top draft prospects is an inexact science. Scouting reports can tell you what type of basketball a certain guy likes to play, but it's hard to figure out which skills will translate and at what level.
Fortunately, we get to look at these top rookies with three-quarters of their first go-rounds in the Association already in the books. That gives us a clearer indication of the players they'll become, as we no longer have to assume that Kelly Olynyk can continue looking good against stiffer competition. No more do we need to wonder about how much of a problem Trey Burke's diminutive stature might be.
The 2013-14 rookie class is a weak one. There's no doubt about that.
Competition for Rookie of the Year honors has turned into a two-man race with two other fringe contenders, and only a few other first-year players have looked like they belong playing major minutes at the sport's highest level.
We could have guessed something like that prior to the selection process that placed them on their current teams, but now we've seen it for ourselves.
The scouting reports have changed.
Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from Basketball-Reference and are current through games played on Thursday, March 13.