Putting a great deal of stock in NBA preseason results tends to be a fool’s errand. But when it comes to evaluating an incoming rookie class at this point in the year, it’s the best evidence available.
How comfortable do the top debutants look in their likely roles? Which youngsters plucked out of the latter portions of the draft have used uncharacteristic opportunities to open eyes and minds within their respective organizations? All of this is factored into which set of rookies could potentially make an impact this 2016-17 NBA season.
Once the regular season starts, which is tonight, we’ll have a stronger sample by which to judge the progress of these top picks. In the meantime, here’s a look at which sets of rookies that you need to keen an eye on this season.