New York Knicks Landry Fields and Other Unexpected NBA Rookie Breakouts

December 26th, 2010 by Lance Pauker Leave a reply »
It's funny how the NBA Draft works. The lottery—well, the players in the lottery—are often so highly coveted that to think an eighth overall pick won't become a major contributor night in and night out is simply ludicrous. After all, why would such a player have such a high draft stock if their most notable NBA contribution turns out to be that formidably frightening four letter word? 

Need a hint? It rhymes with lust, but it's significantly less fun. 

Conversely, the considerably high expectations that come with a top selection are virtually non-existent in the later stages of draft. Although this mindset is more than understandable (the NBA does have the least amount of employed athletes out of all four major professional sports), it is also somewhat unfounded, as there have been a number of later round picks that have shined infinitely brighter than the likes of Dajuan Wagner, Mouhamed Sene and Rodney White (who?), all of whom were top-10 draft picks within the last 10 years. 

Later round draft gems, though generally considered to be the exception rather than the rule, have consistently provided teams with rel ...

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