Commentary

Rookie Watch: Rising or falling?

Here's a look at which rookies impressed or struggled during March

Originally Published: April 5, 2012
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
Brandon Knight, Kyrie IrvingNathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesTheir teams are out of the playoff mix, but Brandon Knight and Kyrie Irving can smile about March.

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.