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Rookie Watch: Who's on the rise?

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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.

So for most rookies who have not earned strong rotation minutes, there is still time to find their niche. Or if they are already getting minutes because of their draft position or weakness at their position, but are not producing much, by putting together strong performances now no one will remember what happened at the start of the season. With that said, here are some rookies who are on the move: