4 rookies who have exceeded expectations the most this season

Rookie storylines are a big part of the NBA every single season and this year is no exception. We have seen some of the top rookies in the league put together some incredible performances, but we have also seen plenty of rookies from the 2020 NBA Draft with low expectations put together potential Rookie of the Year type seasons! 

Last year, Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, the first and second overall picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, were two of the key rookies in contention for the Rookie of the Year award down the stretch-run of last season, with Morant eventually winning the award, but Kendrick Nunn was the guy that got a ton of attention. 

Nunn was an undrafted rookie who played a huge role with the Miami Heat last season, ultimately finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting ahead of Zion Williamson. Now, Kendrick Nunn holds a major role in the Heat’s rotations and is a key contributor for them. 

The expectations naturally were high for top picks like Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, and James Wiseman entering this season. While they have each shown promise, there are plenty of players that go beyond just the top of the 2020 NBA Draft order that have been impressive.

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While the rookie class from the 2020 NBA Draft may not have the immediate star power like some previous years, we have still seen the top picks and underrated picks perform at a high-level.

With that said, let’s take a look at four rookies from the 2020 NBA Draft class who have exceeded the expectations placed on them. 

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