Top Rookie of the Year candidates

These freshmen have stood out from the rest of the class (PER Diem: Jan. 12, 2012)

Updated: January 12, 2012, 1:41 PM ET
By John Hollinger |
Isaiah ThomasRon Turenne/Getty ImagesSacramento has a couple of promising rooks, including Isaiah Thomas, who was the last pick in 2011.

Isaiah Thomas was the last player selected in the 2011 draft, and that's a good place to start today.