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NBA Draft: Rookie Sleepers to Watch

Nick Whalen

RotoWire's NBA Editor and award winning host of the RotoWire NBA Podcast. Many years ago, Stromile Swift gave Nick his unbelievably sweaty headband after a preseason game. Despite its failure to match his school colors, Nick went on to wear that headband for the entirety of his sixth grade basketball season. Catch Nick on Twitter @wha1en.

If youíre a veteran Fantasy basketball player, you know how difficult it can be to get tangible value out of first-year players. While there are certainly exceptions -- Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum being some of the most recent examples -- navigating the waters when it comes to rookies can often be risky.

For the most part, the players who are drafted the highest tend to have the best chance at being productive Fantasy commodities. That projects to be the case again this season, with players like Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic and Trae Young set to take on significant roles for their new teams. But finding the outlier or two in every class can be the difference between contending for a league championship and playing for next year.

While history suggests there probably wonít be another Donovan Mitchell in this draft class, letís take a look at some under-the-radar draftees who you may find yourself plucking off the waiver wire this season:

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