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NBA: Top 5 sophomores in the NBA in 2013

Sai Krishnan
Modified 26 Sep 2013, 21:08 IST
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The 2012-13 rookie class was talented and has prompted a lot of talk among the fans. There were some splendid performers who helped their respective teams reach greater heights.

We all know who the best rookies were. However, this article doesn’t just examine who the best performing former rookies, i.e, current sophomores are. It also examines who among last year’s rookie class has the greatest amount of potential to develop into the league’s next superstars.

5. Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

Houston Rockets v Washington Wizards

Every team needs a player to support their star player. After all, basketball isn’t a one man’s game. Beal fits this role like a glove. He’s the no. 2 guy on the team and is the ideal go-to-guy for their star point guard, John Wall.

Beal is a 6’5″ shooting guard and is already one of the most underrated young players. Not something one would expect after they realise the impact he had on his team’s performance.

The No. 3 draft pick hardly got any attention last season. He averaged 13.9 PPG, 2.4 APG and 3.8 RPG. These stats don’t do justice to him as towards the latter end of the season, Beal’s game was nothing short of exceptional.

Once Beal and Wall establish a good tandem, they could very well compete with the Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook pair as one of the NBA‘s best pairings. But of course, not until atleast another three years. Also, they’ll face stiff competition from another pair on this list.

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Published 26 Sep 2013, 21:07 IST
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