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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Undrafted Rookies Who Will Make An Impact

5 Undrafted Rookies Who Will Make An Impact

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The 2014 NBA Draft boasted one of the deepest classes of rookies in recent memory, and a number of very promising players went undrafted as a result. Here's a look at 5 undrafted rookies who will make an impact in the NBA, perhaps as soon as this coming season.

5. C.J. Fair

C.J. Fair
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5. C.J. Fair

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C.J. Fair is a quality defender, often the primary requirement for a fringe player to get any minutes. He had a disappointing shooting season in 2013-14 with Syracuse, but has shown enough ability in that respect to earn a chance. He is a good rebounder who should be able to flesh out a bench role on an NBA roster.

4. DeAndre Kane

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4. DeAndre Kane

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It would seem that the primary reason DeAndre Kane went undrafted is that he is 25, older than an enormous number of effective players already in the NBA. Kane is athletic, has developed well as a shooter and is capable of playing both guard positions. He could provide a solid source of energy, rebounding and scoring off the bench.

3. Melvin Ejim

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3. Melvin Ejim

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Melvin Ejim has a versatile offensive game and is a fantastic rebounder with dominant transition ability. He would likely play as a small forward in the NBA, where his skill in the post would prove very useful. Getting a little better handling the ball would go a long way towards getting Ejim a roster spot.

2. Deonte Burton

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2. Deonte Burton

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Deonte Burton is an explosive driver and looks like a perfect option for quick points off the bench; in this sense he powerfully resembles Nate Robinson. He is a good pick and roll player and has improved as a passer. Burton shouldn't have too much trouble catching on with an NBA team permanently.

1. Patric Young

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1. Patric Young

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Patric Young grades out well in nearly every defensive facet, being particularly strong in the post and against the pick and roll. Presumably, it was Young's lack of real offensive skill that kept him from being drafted, but his defensive excellence alone should be more than enough to stick.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.