Now that the 2011 NBA draft is in the books, it's time to start speculating on the kind of impact that rookies like Jimmer Fredette, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams and more will have on their new teams next season.
Some are coming into situations that will allow them to thrive and contribute right away. Others will have to wait a year or two to get their shot (if they ever do).
Typically, we can get at least a feel for the kind of player an incoming rookie will be by watching him play in NBA summer leagues. Unfortunately, this year's has been cancelled due to the impending lockout that will almost certainly go into effect on June 30.
So, trying to predict what kind of impact these players will have next season is based largely (if not entirely) on speculation. Here's hoping that we'll have a season next year for these rookies to display their talents.
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