10 NBA Rookies Who Must Improve Before Sophomore Season

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10 NBA Rookies Who Must Improve Before Sophomore Season
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Being drafted in the lottery is a blessing for NBA rookies. But it's also a curse.

Every first-year player wants to come in and make an impact, only not everything goes to plan. Then, words like "bust" or "underachieving" get thrown around. It not only diminishes a player's psyche and morale, but the public perception of said player as well.

On the other hand, these players have a responsibility to uphold as professionals with their teams. Coaches and general managers will exert a certain level of patience, but, as we reach the close of this season, that patience can wear thin.

Here are a select few rookies who need to show improvement before next season, or they risk seeing their value diminish. 

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