Predicting the Top Performers from This Year's NBA Draft Class

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Predicting the Top Performers from This Year's NBA Draft Class
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Michael Carter-Williams emerged as the most productive player from the weak 2013 NBA draft.

The 2014 edition was stocked with potential All-Stars and longtime contributors. But the immediate question on everyone's mind is how their team's draft picks will fare in the next 12 months.

These questions depend on a few factors: Is there a significant hole in the depth chart the team needs to fill? Will he be expected to start from day one? Does he have the body to compete in the NBA? Will a new free agent bump him down before training camp even begins?

Looking through the first round of the draft, here are five players who should get their shot early in the 2014-15 season and may prove vital to their team's success earlier than anyone imagined.

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