Commentary

Rookie Watch: Class secrets

Originally Published: January 13, 2010
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
Eric MaynorLayne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe up-and-coming Thunder added another nice, young piece by trading for point guard Eric Maynor.

Talent alone is not enough to guarantee playing time for a rookie. Opportunity counts just as much. Thus, some rookies start the season mostly riding pine, and others lose a spot in the rotation because another teammate is playing better. Does this mean that these rooks are not going to be impact players down the road? Of course not.