NBA Rookies 2016-17: Youngsters Who Will Make Teams Regret Passing on Them

November 1st, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »
There's always talent lurking in the hidden depths of the NBA's pool of eligible players.

2015-16 saw Josh Richardson and Norman Powell become important players after they were drafted in the second round by the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors (via the Milwaukee Bucks), respectively. T.J. McConnell thrived for the Philadelphia 76ers after he went undrafted, and Jonathon Simmons excelled after the San Antonio Spurs gave him his first NBA minutes. 

One season prior, Nikola Jokic, Jordan Clarkson, K.J. McDaniels, Jerami Grant, Markel Brown and Dwight Powell all came off the board in the second round. Tarik Black, Tyler Johnson, Sean Kilpatrick, Cristiano Felicio, Tim Frazier and Langston Galloway weren't selected at all, but they've subsequently made noise at the sport's highest level.

These six rookies will all reward their current squads for the confidence no other organization was willing to display. None of them were taken with a top-30 pick, but all will prove they have staying power in the Association. 

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