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Rookie rankings revisited

Two months ago I gave my opinion on this year's rookie class as fantasy prospects.  Here is a quick update on how I see it now.


Tier 1 - Probable starters and possible big contributors


1)        Blake Griffin
- College monster looks to be the real thing so far in LA.
2)        Jonny Flynn - Will be relied upon from the beginning as one of the primary options in Minnesota
3)        Tyreke Evans - Looks to be starter in Sacramento, has had a good preseason including one near triple-double game.  Could struggle with field goal percentage and turnovers, though.
4)        Stephen Curry - Role still not defined, but should get minutes and lots of shots in Golden State

Tier 2 - Good preseason back-ups or borderline starters

5)        DeMar DeRozan
- Good preseason after expecting to be a future project.  Has started some games due to Raptors injuries, and may have done enough to keep the job
6)        James Harden - Fighting for minutes with Thabo Sefolosha; not the greatest preseason but just makes sense as the starter of the future next to young nucleus
7)        Brandon Jennings - Big upside but very raw, could be bench warmer or eventual starter in the Ramon Sessions mold
8)        DeJuan Blair - Huge preseason, appears healthy and NBA ready, behind Tim Duncan and Antonio McDyess in San Antonio
9)        Taj Gibson - Big preseason, could steal starting PF job from Ty Thomas
10)        Jeff Teague - Big preseason, but 4th guard in ATL
11)        Earl Clark - Bigger minutes in Phoenix with Robin Lopez out, still backup big

Tier 3 - Shots in the dark

12)        Jordan Hill - Did well in Vegas summer league, hasn-t made much noise in preseason.
13)        Terrence Williams - Very up and down in NJ.  The wings in NJ aren't strong so he could earn minutes, or he could be deemed not ready
14)        Hasheem Thabeet - Questionable upside due to lack of offense and questions about pro readiness, but could at some point end up starting center with solid boards and blocks
15)        Austin Daye - Backing up Tayshaun Prince, but has had a good preseason and could be an injury away from more PT

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