Some players are clearly drafted based on potential and are not yet ready to help a team. But there are also times when a player is ready to help, yet the team is not ready to play the player, perhaps because a stubborn coach trusts only veterans, or because veteran players are ahead of the rookie in the rotation. Either way, rooks who don't put up big numbers are not even remotely doomed to a career of obscurity.
10hMike Vorkunov for REDEF
2dPhotographs by Edmund D. Fountain
2dPablo S. Torre