Commentary

Rookie Watch: Not draft busts after all

Originally Published: January 12, 2011
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
Evan Turner/Patrick PattersonNBAE/Getty ImagesPhilly's Evan Turner and Houston's Patrick Patterson are finally showing why they were lottery picks.

Few NBA rookies come out of the gates and crush it. Most guys start slowly before contributing more or see their production change dramatically from week to week. The early struggles vary from player to player and team to team (or coach to coach), but most rookies begin to display the talents they've had for years when given enough time and opportunity -- especially guys who were drafted in the lottery.