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Six NBA rookies most likely to outperform this season

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Alexander-Walker scores 26 as Pelicans top Cavs (1:00)

Nickeil Alexander-Walker puts up 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting, and the Pelicans beat the Cavaliers 99-78. (1:00)

Every season, surprising NBA rookies outperform their draft slot with breakout performances. Last season it was Landry Shamet (No. 26), Mitchell Robinson (No. 36), Josh Okogie (No. 20) and Kevin Huerter (No. 19) who looked the part of draft day steals. The season before, Donovan Mitchell (No. 13), John Collins (No. 19), Jarrett Allen (No. 22), OG Anunoby (No. 23) and Kyle Kuzma (No. 27) proved to be the best value picks.

Whether it's a matter of opportunity, NBA readiness, underrated talent or some combination of all three, a handful of 2019-20 rookies are likely to join the aforementioned group by outplaying their draft range.

Here's a look at six players drafted outside the top 10 who could have the biggest rookie impact, along with a few second-rounders with the tools to emerge as early contributors.