NBA Rookie Progress Meter: Porzingis, Towns, Okafor Better Than Advertised

January 8th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

Being an NBA rookie is a lot for anyone to handle. Whatever your skills and talents, there's a learning curve to coping with the challenges of holding on to a roster spot in the world's best basketball league.

The trappings of fame and fortune. The speed, precision and physicality of a man's game. The grind of an 82-game schedule and the injuries and fatigue that so often follow. The push for playing time from behind proven pros.

And the hazing. Oh, the hazing. 

All of that tends to turn a promising prospect's debut campaign into an uphill climb. Some scale it just fine. Others are slower to ascend.

To get a feel for how the 2015 draft class is coming along, we've sorted the top 15 picks according to the progress they've made on that journey—from those at the bottom, who might need another map (or better health) to find their way up the mountain, to those closer to the top, who've already put the rest of the Association on notice.


Totally Lost

Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, No. 7 Pick, Denver Nuggets

The word "lost" is a loaded one when app ...

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