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Rookie Watch: Rising or falling?

4/5/2012 - NBA
Their teams are out of the playoff mix, but Brandon Knight and Kyrie Irving can smile about March. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images

A year ago, many rookies were enjoying the NCAA tournament and spring break. Now, they are locked into battles with grown men almost every night. The lockout forced them to play many games when they should have been just getting used to the NBA. That's the downside of it. The upside is that, by March, they were fully adjusted to the very different pro game. And with the condensed schedule taking its toll on many players physically, many rookies got lots of playing time last month.

Some used it to their advantage, while some wasted their chances to shine. Meanwhile, others who played a lot early in the season struggled because opponents had better scouting reports on them. Let's take a snapshot of just how March went for many of them.