5 Rookies Who Could Have A Big Impact During The 2014 NBA Playoffs

5 Rookies Who Could Have A Big Impact During The 2014 NBA Playoffs

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The time is here for the NBA playoffs, and this is where names and legacies are created. Here are five rookies who may be able to make a name for themselves during the postseason and help their teams in the process.

5. C.J. McCollum

C.J. McCollum
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5. C.J. McCollum

C.J. McCollum
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The sharpshooter from Lehigh is a sleeper for the Portland Trail Blazers. His shooting ability and court savvy will make for an interesting addition to the Blazers' high-powered offense.

4. Cody Zeller

Cody Zeller
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4. Cody Zeller

Cody Zeller
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Cody Zeller has had 80 games under his belt and is looking to add some notches. His 7-foot- frame needs to fill out a little, but his 5.9 PPG and 4.4 RPG are just a small preview of what he may be able to do this postseason.

3. Mason Plumlee

Mason Plumlee
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3. Mason Plumlee

Mason Plumlee
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The Brooklyn Nets may be the dark horse in the East this postseason, and their X-factor could be rookie Mason Plumlee. He has been a solid presence on both ends of the floor for Brooklyn and may be needed to bang with the likes of Roy Hibbert and Greg Oden.

2. Steven Adams

Steven Adams
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2. Steven Adams

Steven Adams
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As one of the odds-on favorites for the title this year, the Oklahoma City Thunder have a great chance to make history. Their rookie big man, Steven Adams, has been a pleasant surprise in his 79 appearances. Scott Brooks may not use him much, but his toughness and effort are attributes that cannot be overlooked.

1. Tony Snell

Tony Snell
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1. Tony Snell

Tony Snell
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Despite the absence of Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls have somehow managed to stay relevant and that has partly been due to the addition of Tony Snell. His gritty style of play and hustle are perfect traits that go hand-and-hand with the Bulls' identity. His effort and ability on the defensive end will be under the magnifying glass this postseason. He could lead the Bulls to unexpected success.

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