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We all know the NBA draft is more about "tomorrow" than today. The league is filled with great players with below-average (or worse) rookie seasons. Dirk Nowitzki averaged eight points per game on 40 percent shooting and 20 percent from 3-point range. Al Jefferson couldn't beat out Raef LaFrentz and Mark Blount in the Celtics' rotation and averaged eight points and four rebounds per game. Even an experienced college player like Steve Nash did not enter the league and get an immediate chance to help his team, as he played just 10 minutes and averaged three points and two assists per game. However, there are rookies ready to make a difference today, and it often does not matter how many years of college they have played. So let's examine the 10 most NBA-ready players in the draft.
1. John Wall
What do these guys all have in common -- Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Brandon Jennings, Ty Lawson, and Darren Collison? They all play the point, had huge rookie seasons and are blazingly fast. Speed is perhaps the most important physical advantage a player can have in this league, and Wall is loaded with it. Players who can play super fast with the ball in their hands are even more dynamic. Think LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade, the three fastest guys at their respective positions in the league. Wall will certainly have growing pains, for lots of reasons. But his talent with the ball is evident, and often his pure speed will allow him to dominate parts of games no matter whom he is playing against.
Wall was the obvious choice, but there are plenty of picks from outside the projected top five that will have a big impact next season, including a pair of Wall's teammates. To see all the names and get access to all of the NBA draft coverage, sign up for ESPN Insider today.