Teenage Phenoms: 10 NBA Players Who Could Take Home Rookie of the Year

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Teenage Phenoms: 10 NBA Players Who Could Take Home Rookie of the Year
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With two weeks left until the start of the season and teams beginning to cut down on their roster to create the team they think will bring them to a postseason, a number of teams are just hoping their newly-acquired rookies taken from this past June's draft can show them promise.

The average NBA rookie has a tremendous amount of pressure bestowed upon him when being initially drafted.

While players taken in the late first and second round don't have as much to worry about it considering they usually join an already-proven team, the top ten draft picks have the most amount of pressure on them, as their franchise expects nothing but greatness from them from the start.

With Derrick Rose leading the Chicago Bulls and Kevin Durant leading the Oklahoma City Thunder, the expectations only continue to grow for the recent draft picks. Cellar dwellers now expect their high draft pick to begin to take them to the promise land of the postseason that has eluded a number of these teams for years, and even decades.

Eight of the past 10 Rookie of the Years have already either proven themselves, or are on the road to having a lavish career of stardom.

The other two are Mike Miller and Emeka Okafor. They haven't exactly had as good a career as say LeBron James or Amare Stoudemire, but are still quality role players on playoff-bound teams.

This 2010 draft class will be no different, as teams such as the Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers will be heavily relying on their draft picks to bring them postseason glory in the future.

With 60 players drafted from 2010, and one from 2009 that has yet to play, in no particular order, here are 10 players who have the best shot of taking home NBA Rookie of the Year honors.

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