By: Jake Bielecki
+ Anthony Davis:
Already posting impressive fantasy numbers across the board, notably his 1.2 steals and 1.8 blocks, yet only scratching the surface offensively. Projecting into the future he'll serve as a rare center shooting upwards of 80% from the line as his offensive repertoire improves in all facets. Durability is the only red flag at this juncture; given an uptick in minutes Davis could be a Kevin Garnett-esque fantasy stud in his prime.
Projected "prime" line: 34 minutes per game - 19 points, 10 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.5 blocks per game.
+ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:
Like his Kentucky teammate MKG hangs his hat on spectacular defense and consistent effort. Improving his jump shot and finding an offensive rhythm each-and-ever game remain priorities. He may never be as dynamite in fantasy as he could be in real life. His recent cold-streak provides an ample opportunity to buy on a sure thing long-term.
Projected "prime" line: 36 minutes per game - 14 points, 7.5 rebounds , 1.5 assists and 1.3 blocks per game.
+ Bradley Beal:
After a slow start to the season Beal has stepped up his game alongside a healthy John Wall. The range has been as good as advertised, and you can expect a healthy uptick in rebounds. Beal averaged nearly seven a game at Florida and rebounds typically transfers well from college to the pros. Still only 19-years-old he should progress into a quality number-two scoring option.
Projected "prime" line: 33 minutes per game - 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.
+ Dion Waiters:
With a quick first step the Cavaliers fourth-overall pick will always be able to get to the basket. Shooting touch is the issue here. Lacking the knockdown shooting ability of a typical two guard and the play-making ability of a point, Waiters is a classic tweener.
Asked to take on a larger role this season, he's most likely a high-end combo guard off the bench next year and beyond; think Jarrett Jack. If you are looking to trade, use the allure of a player posting respectable numbers and find a manager who expects him to build upon his rookie campaign.
Projected "prime" line: 28 minutes per game - 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.
+ Thomas Robinson:
Now on a Rockets team in desperate need of an interior presence, he should see more run alongside Omer Asik in a clearly defined role. Robinson's mid-range jumper is underrated; given his athleticism, anything resembling a post game and the Rockets now have a respectable offensive player. The ideal time to buy in a dynasty has passed but the window has not closed shut.
Projected "prime" line: 30 minutes per game - 9 points, 11 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.
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[Editor's Note 26 February 2013] The title of this post changed to better reflect the objective of forecasting stat lines of these five rookies as they enter the prime of their careers.