This Lakers-Pacers Trade Features Chris Duarte

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NBA Analysis Network

When an NBA player has a promising rookie season, their team is happy. Who doesn’t like to get off to a good start? 

At the same time, a quality rookie season can be a false promise. Sometimes, a player sets a certain standard as a rookie, and they spend the rest of their career failing to exceed it. 

That’s especially likely to happen with older rookies. A teenager will probably struggle in their first NBA season – they’ll need time to adjust to the league.

By contrast, someone in their mid-20s may be more ready. 

For example, Chris Duarte of the Indiana Pacers was 24 when he entered the league. He had a great rookie year, but he hasn’t made a ton of progress as a sophomore this season. 

Should the Lakers target him anyway? 

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