NBA Predictions: Guaranteed 1st-Year Studs and Duds of 2011 NBA Draft Class

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NBA Predictions: Guaranteed 1st-Year Studs and Duds of 2011 NBA Draft Class
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The start of the NBA season is right around the corner, and that means we finally get to see how the 2011 rookie class will transition in the NBA.

Some players will make the transition into the NBA look like a cake walk, but for most rookies it will be a long and arduous road.

Experienced college players like Jimmer Fredette and Kenneth Faried will transition into the NBA with ease, whereas younger and more inexperienced players like Tristan Thompson and Brandon Knight will find out that they aren't quite ready to take their game to the next level in the NBA.

Ahead is a list of rookies who are guaranteed to either be studs or duds in their first year in the NBA.  

Remember, the dud players aren't necessarily going to be bad NBA players.  Their development is just going to take longer.

Read on.     

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