Who's at the head of the rookie class?

Originally Published: July 22, 2009
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
NBA RookiesAP Photo/Seth WenigCurry, Thabeet, Rubio and Griffin all have the potential to be impact players in Year 1.

Ranking the rookies before the season relies on a simple formula: Talent plus opportunity equals overall production. Much guesswork remains in terms of predicting opportunity, as teams are still filling out their depth charts, so we'll tweak this list as the offseason moves along. And we'll add more second-rounders once we get a better idea of which ones will actually make a roster.