NBA rookies ready to make an impact in 2013-14

7/2/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

Over the next few months we'll get to see these young pups settle into their new cities, pick jersey numbers, and get their feet wet at the Las Vegas Summer League. But none of that means anything come the 2013-14 regular season.

Once the first ball is tossed into the the air (horribly, in all likelihood), draft position, college team, signing bonus, and hype all go out the window. On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, we'll finally begin to see who's ready to fulfill their dreams and make it in the NBA.

Here are five incoming rookies that are in the best position to make an impact right away:

5.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Feb 23, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) makes a jump shot in front of South Carolina Gamecocks forward Lakeem Jackson (30) to tie the game and send it to overtime during the second half at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia defeated South Carolina 62-54 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY SportsSomething's brewing in Detroit. They've got youth and are looking to make a splash with an established player too. The young core of Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond has a lot of potential and rumors have circulated that Josh Smith or Rudy Gay might also be brought into the fold.

And in comes KCP to join an already interesting collection of talent. The former Georgia star is used to carrying the load by himself. He was the only good player on a subpar Georgia team and the rest of the SEC knew it. They planned defenses around stopping him but failed to do so. The Bulldogs didn't win a whole lot, but when they did, Caldwell-Pope was the reason why.

No doubt he'll have to work hard to make it in the NBA, but Caldwell-Pope should benefit from a decreased role. He is not much of a playmaker and now will be able to play off the ball while Knight or Monroe break down opposing defenses. His offensive game once he has the ball in his hands is NBA ready and all he'll need to do next year is be a complementary scorer.

4.  Mason Plumlee
 
Mar 29, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Mason Plumlee (right) shoots against Michigan State Spartans forward Adreian Payne (left) in the second half during the semifinals of the Midwest regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY SportsThe Nets got a guy at no. 22 who may not put up big numbers but will have an impact for them next yer. Brooklyn has just made a series of monster moves by bringing in Jason Kidd as head coach and trading for KG, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry. So now they're old and have an inexperienced coach.

Plumlee is the perfect addition for such a situation. He's young and plays with energy. He runs the floor and works hard on both ends. He has developed some post skills but will likely get the majority of his points by finding openings for dump-offs and crashing the offensive boards.

Now that Plumlee has spent a good chunk of his life with Coack K at Duke, the Nets brass must trust that he would come in prepared. This isn't some project player that needs his hand held. The Nets needed someone who knows the game and could immediately contribute after Kris Humphries, one of the team's go-to scrappers, was shipped to Boston as part of the blockbuster trade.
 
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