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Top 5 NBA Rookies Who Will Shine in the 2014-15 Season

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5 Top NBA Rookies Who Will Shine in 2014-15

Jabari Parker
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The NBA will feature a lot of top flight rookies next season, and I have a feeling that the 2014 NBA draft class will go down as one of the best since 2003 or maybe even 1984. That one was a real humdinger and it included Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley. Will Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins live up to that kind of hype? Only time will tell, but here are five rooks to keep an eye on who will shine bright in 2015.

5. Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins
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5. Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins
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Andrew Wiggins probably feels a little bit angry right now, and it is pretty hard to blame him considering the circumstances. He is about to get traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves from the Cleveland Cavaliers. All in all that might seem like a lousy proposition, but he is going to a franchise that is a little bit closer to home in case that counts for anything.

4. Doug McDermott

Doug McDermott
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4. Doug McDermott

Doug McDermott
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I have always loved Doug McDermott's game. His shooting, decision making and maturity should all translate well to the NBA, and he honestly reminds me a bit of a taller Pete Maravich without the wizard-like ball handle. I think McBuckets is a fantastic fit with the Chicago Bulls, because his floor spacing will only help Derrick Rose on his path to a second MVP award.

3. Julius Randle

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3. Julius Randle

Julius Randle
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The Los Angeles Lakers will be better than most people think for this reason: Kobe Bryant is not to be underestimated. Julius Randle should not be either, and I think the Black Mamba will greatly enjoy playing with the left-handed forward coming off of a stellar season with the Kentucky Wildcats. John Calipari's team did not win the title, but Randle proved himself last season early on in the November game against the Michigan State Spartans.

2. Marcus Smart

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2. Marcus Smart

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This pick is mainly due to the opinion I have that Rajon Rondo will be traded before the season starts, but I also acknowledge that may be putting the cart before the horse. Marcus Smart could make the All-Rookie First Team if the trade happens sooner rather than later.

1. Jabari Parker

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1. Jabari Parker

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Jabari Parker is a four-time high school state champion. His averages during his lone season with the Duke Blue Devils were quite amazing, and he was the first freshman to lead the team in both scoring and rebounding. Those are two skills that translate directly to the NBA, which should make him a runaway favorite for Rookie of the Year.

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