Rookie Watch: Who's on the rise?

Originally Published: January 10, 2013
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
Bradley BealGeoff Burke/USA TODAY SportsBradley Beal has been playing like the No. 3 pick lately, averaging over 18 points per game in January.

Forget about the idea of a "rookie wall" as something only rookies have to deal with. Fans, too, need to be reminded that the NBA season is long. Consider this: We are still almost half a year away from the NBA Finals. So, yes, there's still a lot of basketball to be played. While many rookies won't be playing 'til June, the point is that teams take a long-term approach with their young players.