Who are the most intriguing prospects to watch when the 2020-21 NBA season tips off Tuesday?
This year's rookie class is dealing with an unusually challenging transition to the pro game, with many of them not having played in a real game in more than 285 days. At the same time, these players don't have the traditional benefits of summer leagues, full training camps or a typical preseason.
Still, every season there are surprise players in the rookie and sophomore classes. Here are my lists of prospects I'm watching closely, including the most fascinating rookies; the players most likely to exceed their draft slots; and sophomores who could break out or struggle to answer big questions.