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Which rookies could rise in 2014?

Magic rookie Victor Oladipo is already a premier athlete in the NBA, but his skill game must catch up. Glenn James/NBAE/Getty Images

The start of a new year has no significant place in the NBA season. Teams focus on the All-Star break and the trade deadline as dates that matter. However, with two months now melted away, the onset of 2014 can begin to look different for rookies as their teams change their rotations. Especially those teams now competing for more lottery balls. It's not tanking to their eyes, but rather allowing young players more chances to develop while also giving management more opportunities to evaluate their young talent.