Every NBA rookie who's outside the top tier would love to burst onto the scene and surprise us, but only a small handful have the wherewithal to make it happen.
In 2013, we saw No. 11 draft pick Michael Carter-Williams make an immediate splash and outshine many rookies who were drafted before him. He caught the whole league off guard and never looked back.
We might not see a 2014 late-lottery prospect stand head and shoulders above the field like MCW did, but there are some talented draftees waiting to turn heads around the Association. A couple of them might be productive enough to win Rookie of the Year and become a household name.
We broke down a list of possible astonishing newcomers, ranking them based on who is most likely to take the league by surprise.
In other words, we're highlighting players who will most significantly exceed expectations based on draft status and statistical impact. These draftees will have a substantial place in their team's rotation and will make noise nationally (rather than undrafted prospects who surprisingly make a roster).