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Rookie Watch: Sinking or swimming?

As we see every year, the NBA season is a roller coaster that makes the ones you ride at amusement parks seem tame. For rookies, the ride is even more intense and suspenseful with many unexpected twists and turns.

Sporadic playing time, ever-changing roles, midseason adjustments by their team and opponents and the length of the season all pound rookies like waves on a rocky shoreline. Some rookies are finding their way atop those waves, while others have fallen below the surface. Let's take a look.