Five early-impact NBA rookies
June, 29, 2013
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN.com
Bob Donnan/USA TODAY SportsMichael Carter-Williams will have a chance to play immediately in Philadelphia.Stephen Curry was drafted by Golden State at No. 7 in 2009; Kawhi Leonard was selected 15th by San Antonio two years ago; and Damian Lillard went sixth to Portland in 2012. They are all quality players, but almost equally as important as their draft position was the spot in which they landed.
Let's take a look at five players from the 2013 NBA draft who should be able to excel quickly and five more who could be slower to develop.
Early impactMichael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia took him with the 11th pick, minutes after dealing away All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. Carter-Williams is long and talented -- and should get an immediate opportunity to earn the starting point guard spot. Will he make his mistakes? Absolutely. However, MCW has an extremely high upside and should get a chance to learn under fire. If he can become a solid long-range shooter, he could be scary good.