2010-11 NBA Season: Five Overlooked Rookies for the New Campaign

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2010-11 NBA Season: Five Overlooked Rookies for the New Campaign
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Derrick Caracter - Pick No. 58 of the Los Angeles Lakers

The NBA Draft is very unpredictable.

The fact that it is only a two-round draft juxtaposed with the ridiculous amounts of rounds in the NFL and MLB Draft leads to this unpredictability.

Due to the small number of players drafted, fans and the media alike have a general misconception that if a player is not drafted in the top 15, there is something wrong with him. Or that he doesn't have the potential to be a truly valuable NBA prospect.

In last year's draft alone, however, Ty Lawson, Darren Collison, Omri Caspi, Rodrique Beaubois, Taj Gibson and Dejuan Blair were all drafted outside of the top 15 and had immediate impacts for their respective teams.

Frequently, players who aren't drafted in the lottery have less expectations and go to more sound franchises where they can be groomed through veteran leadership and have their talents optimally utilized.

This year's preaseason buzz for rookie discussion will surely center around John Wall, Evan Turner and DeMarcus Cousins.  However, there are many players drafted outside of the lottery in the 2010 NBA Draft who have the potential to make an immediate impact.

This article will focus on five overlooked rookies who can make an immediate impact for their team in 2010-2011.

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