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Rookie Watch: Early disappointments

Originally Published: November 17, 2010
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
Greg MonroeKevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesChew on this: The numbers say Detroit's Greg Monroe has been playing more like he's 6-6 than 6-11.

Let me write this right off the bat: Disappointment, as it relates to how rookies begin a season, can be a fleeting thing. Just like success, the productivity of a player can change fast, thanks to adjustments the player makes and the way his team handles his play. Opponents have a say in this as well.

Nevertheless, rookies get paid every week and are expected to play to a certain level that is unique for each guy. To this point, there are five players who are simply not performing to the level that was expected of them when they were drafted. However, with a little more focus, activity or purpose in their play, they can change their performance arc. And for one player, mixing in some maturity and discipline would be a big help, too.

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