The NBA lockout gave rookies an unusually small amount of time to prepare for the season, but that doesn't necessarily mean the youngsters will be ineffective this year.
Not only have the rooks looked effective during the first few days of the season, many have shown they are ready to be important contributors.
No one will get near Blake Griffin or John Wall's value, but that's more of a testament to those two rookie seasons. It is likely, however, plenty of rookies this year will contribute in similar ways that guys like DeMarcus Cousins, Landry Fields, Gary Neal and Greg Monroe did last year.
And those can be very important role players.
Here's a look at who's impressed so far to start the season.
Note: Some players who were considered but didn't make the list: Brandon Knight, Iman Shumpert, Kyrie Irving.