- David Thorpe, NBA
We've mentioned countless times throughout the years what a roller-coaster ride an NBA player's first season is, and that players just need to keep their emotions in check and keep grinding away toward progress. And it's not only rookies, either, as the Jeremy Lin tale has shown.
Chauncey Billups, Steve Nash, Matt Bonner, Gary Neal, Nikola Pekovic, Omer Asik and even guys like Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, Pau Gasol, Ray Allen, Paul, Pierce, Kevin Garnett -- all have have been questioned at some point in their careers, and all are now having success in the league today.
Which NBA player can be the next Jeremy Lin? We look at the top candidates among the 2011 rookie class