- David Thorpe, ESPN Staff Writer
The playoffs seem closer than they really are, thanks to the lockout. But we still have seven solid weeks left, with four-plus games or so per week per team. For a rookie class that seemed so devoid of talent just a month ago, these last weeks will show off a group of players who will be more important than we expected this season.
Which rising rooks will play key roles for their teams in the second half?