We're still two months away from NBA training camps opening, but you can bet incoming 2014-15 rookies won't view it as "off time."
Even the top draft picks who are looking to make a splash early in their careers have several areas to refine and skills to learn. Basketball's toughest league requires a whole new level of commitment and attention to detail; these 18- to 20-year-old professionals must methodically work through the offseason to prepare themselves for the big stage.
As such, we put together checklists for them. Each top rookie has different strengths and weaknesses, so we tailored their workload to cover the key facets they need to address. Assuming they'll continue to sharpen their strong suits, these checklists focus primarily on improving deficiencies.
Enough chit-chat, let's get to work!
*Includes top seven draftees of 2014 lottery except for No. 3 pick Joel Embiid, who is recovering from ankle surgery. Nerlens Noel (No. 6 in 2013) is included.