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NBA Draft Kit: Rookie Preview

Nick Whalen

RotoWire's NBA Editor and award winning host of the RotoWire NBA Podcast. Many years ago, Stromile Swift gave Nick his unbelievably sweaty headband after a preseason game. Despite its failure to match his school colors, Nick went on to wear that headband for the entirety of his sixth grade basketball season. Catch Nick on Twitter @wha1en.

Traditionally, rookies tend not to be major factors in the fantasy basketball landscape. Of course, there are exceptions -- most recently, Karl-Anthony Towns and Damian Lillard -- but on the whole, even the most NBA-ready rookies rarely enter the league with the efficiency and well-rounded skill set necessary for fantasy stardom.

That rang especially true last season. The 2016 rookie class was perhaps the most underwhelming in recent NBA history, culminating in a bizarrely bland Rookie of the Year race that was nearly won by a guy who played 31 games. When the dust had settled, only three rookies finished within the top 50 at their position in total fantasy points. Malcolm Brogdon ranked 42nd among guards, Dario Saric placed 28th among forwards, and Joel Embiid finished as the 33rd overall center, though on a per-game basis he was a top-five player at the position.

For as discouraging as last year’s rookies may have been, the 2017 class enters the NBA with as much

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