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NBA rookie surprises: Breakout skills and standout prospects

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James Wiseman Diary: 'I love when people put pressure on me' (2:51)

Rookie center James Wiseman reflects on his journey to the association, talks expectations and speaks Mandarin. (2:51)

What has stood out from the NBA rookie class after the first few weeks of the regular season?

These prospects have faced plenty of challenges getting acclimated, working against a long layoff combined with little time to get integrated with their new teams.

But there have been plenty of pleasant surprises so far -- ranging from important skill development among the top picks to second-rounders earning rotation minutes.

Here are the trends that display the most promise, both this season and in the long term.