5 NBA Rookies Headed for Turbulent 2014-15 Seasons

5 Rookies Headed for Turbulent 2014-15 Seasons

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The 2014 NBA draft class was filled with exceptional athletes. The problem is most of the elite athletes in the draft aren't quite NBA ready. The combination of ultra-athletic guys with no experience will make for some interesting rookie seasons. These five guys are destined to have a rough go of it in 2014-15.

5. Aaron Gordon

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5. Aaron Gordon

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Aaron Gordon should have no problem stepping in and contributing in the NBA on the defensive end of the court. The other end of the court will be a different issue. He will have a lot of growing pains trying to figure out where exactly he fits offensively. I think he will eventually figure it out, but until then expect a lot of tough nights for Gordon.

4. Dante Exum

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4. Dante Exum

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Dante Exum was the great unknown going into the draft. No one really knows what kind of a player he is going to be in the pros. He is certainly an explosive athlete, but his lack of experience will cause for a lot of inconsistent play. He is also going to be sharing the backcourt with Trey Burke, which doesn't seem like a great match. Exum will make plays that appear on top 10 lists, both good and bad.

3. P.J. Hairston

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3. P.J. Hairston

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P.J. Hairston has managed to get into trouble before his rookie season even starts. That's not a good sign for a guy who was suspended for his final year in college. The good news is that he provides something that the Charlotte Hornets desperately need in outside shooting. He should have a chance to make an early impact on the court as long as he stays out of the news off of it.

2. Zach LaVine

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2. Zach LaVine

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Zach LaVine pretty much fits the mold for rookies who have an up and down first year. He relies almost entirely on his athletic ability. He will have games where he has four or five highlight plays mixed in with four or five head-scratching plays. It doesn't help that he will be playing on a Minnesota team that is likely going to trade Kevin Love. His lack of experience will lead to a very inconsistent rookie year.

1. Andrew Wiggins

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1. Andrew Wiggins

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It is pretty clear that Andrew Wiggins' rookie season is going to be crazy. The positive part is that the craziness is based entirely on factors that he can't control. The bad part is that he will have to deal with all of the distractions as a 19-year-old rookie. The best case for him on the court would be to stay in Cleveland. The problem is he would be facing trade rumors until February, but that might still be better than playing in Minnesota.

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