Nobody should pretend that this year's rookie class isn't underwhelming. It is, but that's no reason to go the other way and pretend that it isn't boasting a strong series of contributors and a few potential All-Stars. Even the much-maligned Renaldo Balkman, drafted by New York in the first round after being pegged as a possible second-rounder at best, is changing the entire timbre of every game he plays with his all-out hustle and smart offensive cuts.
So, it would seem as good a time as any (with the league's general managers sitting on their hands over the trade deadline) to take a look at this year's rookie class. To make things easier, and make up for the disparate roles each of these rookies play, we've taken to normalizing most statistics to a per-40-minute mark, though only when noted.
(All statistics and records through Feb. 22 -- the Day the Trade Deadline Died.)