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We spent a week celebrating the 2015 NBA rookie class

The 2015 rookie class already looks like one of the best of all time. That's why we've honored the entire class in amazing depth this week. Read every single piece from around the SB Nation network.

The 2015 NBA rookie class was expected to be good, not great. The year before was supposed to be the big prize, with Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker heading a rivalry collision course since their formative years in high school. Those two, combined with the tantalizing potential of Joel Embiid, the mysterious Dante Exum and more, were supposed to lead the NBA's new generation.

Turns out, we were a year early. While many of the top 2014 rookies slowly recover from injuries, the 2015 class has taken the league's torch. Karl-Anthony Towns may be the NBA's best big man in three years, and if so, Kristaps Porzingis won't be far behind. Future All-Stars are spread throughout the lottery, from D'Angelo Russell at No. 2 down to Devin Booker at No. 13. The league's next great Film Room All Stars are already showing their value, whether it's Justise Winslow in Miami, Willie Cauley-Stein in Sacramento or Trey Lyles in Utah. Even post-lottery teams can smile about nabbing players like Nikola Jokic, Bobby Portis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Larry Nance Jr.

Better yet, there is no buyer's remorse. Nearly every NBA team has a first-year player that's shown some level of promise in a short amount of time. Some teams are undoubtedly happier with their selection than others, but nobody selected an outright bust. Even Frank Kaminsky, the subject of much scrutiny because of the blockbuster trade the Hornets turned down to draft him, has become a valuable contributor for a winning team.

A rookie class isn't supposed to put its stamp on the league this quickly. They're rookies, after all, not veterans. But considering the strength at the top and the depth throughout, this year's class could rival 1984, 1996 and 2003, all of which changed the NBA for years to come.

This is a seminal moment in the league's future, and that's why we've chosen to honor it. Throughout the week, and our many team sites showed appreciation for this incredible rookie class. We wrote about what makes these players so interesting, what their next steps must be to keep improving, how their teams can maximize their talent in the future and much, much more. Collectively, we promised to analyze, discuss and marvel at every key rookie in some form over the next five days.

If you missed our coverage, catch up in one place right here.


Where do we rank the 2015 NBA Draft class? (Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller,

Which NBA rookies will join Karl-Anthony Towns as stars? (Limited Upside podcast with guest Jonathan Tjarks)

Brandon Ingram could really go ahead of Ben Simmons next year (Ricky O'Donnell,


How the Internet is helping to build Karl-Anthony Towns' legend (Bethlehem Shoals,

Karl-Anthony Towns is better than every other young big man at everything (Jesus Gomez,

Karl-Anthony Towns is like a dream come true (John Meyer, Canis Hoopus)

D'Angelo Russell is finally overcoming his own head coach (Zito Madu,

D'Angelo Russell is blossoming just in time (Drew Garrison, Silver Screen and Roll)

Jahlil Okafor is flawed, but the 76ers can still win with him (Jason Patt,

How the 76ers can put Jahlil Okafor in a better position to succeed (Jake Pavorsky, Liberty Ballers)

The Knicks must protect Kristaps Porzingis' future (Yaron Weitzman,

Kristaps Porzingis soothes the pain of losing Stephen Curry (Osborn, Posting and Toasting)

Mario Hezonja's legendary confidence isn't gone (Tim Cato,

Mario Hezonja is slowly tapping into his potential (Zach Oliver, Orlando Pinstriped Post)

Willie Cauley-Stein tries to end the Kings' draft losing streak (Tom Ziller,

Willie Cauley-Stein does all the little things (Aykis16, Sactown Royalty)

Emmanuel Mudiay and Nikola Jokic will save Denver from mediocrity (Yaron Weitzman,

Emmanuel Mudiay ushers in a new day for Denver (Daniel C. Lewis, Denver Stiffs)

Stanley Johnson could change Detroit's ceiling (Jesus Gomez,

Stanley Johnson and Darron Hilliard look like long-term pieces (Steve Hinson, Detroit Bad Boys)

Frank Kaminsky dances into Hornets fans' hearts (Daniel Coughlin, At the Hive)

Justise Winslow brings basketball cliches to life (Mike Prada,

Justise Winslow is beginning to realize his potential (Brandon Di Perno, Hot Hot Hoops)

Myles Turner shows why college stats sometimes lie (Kevin O'Connor,

Myles Turner is the amalgamation the Pacers need (C. Cooper, Indy Cornrows)

Trey Lyles could disrupt Utah's throwback style (Jesus Gomez,

Trey Lyles is your new modern PF overlord (AllThatAmar, SLC Dunk)

Devin Booker made his father's NBA dream his own (Tom Ziller,

The Suns' awful year let Devin Booker shine (Matt Ellentuck,

Devin Booker shines for the Suns (Sean Sullivan, Bright Side of the Sun)

Cameron Payne is still searching for his role (Brandon Jefferson, Welcome to Loud City)


Kelly Oubre shows promise when playing with John Wall (Jake Whitacre, Bullets Forever)

Relax, Celtics fans. Their three rookies will be just fine (wjsy, Celtics Blog)

Despite rookie struggles, there's hope for Rashad Vaughn (Frank Madden, Brew Hoop)

Sam Dekker's rookie report card: incomplete (Darren Yuvan, The Dream Shake)

Why do the Knicks separate Jerian Grant and Kristaps Porzingis? (Joe Flynn, Posting and Toasting)

Behold the Delon Wright-Norman Powell project (Harsh Dave, Raptors HQ)

Justin Anderson needs more of a chance (Danny Webster, Mavs Moneyball)

Bobby Portis is a wild ball of energy (Yaron Weitzman,

Bobby Portis has the motor, and that's a great start (Chris Terzic, Blog a Bull)

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Chris McCullough are both Nets building blocks (Tom Lorenzo, Nets Daily)

Tyus Jones is finding his footing (David Naylor, Canis Hoopus)

The silver lining that is Jarell Martin (Joe Mullinax, Grizzly Bear Blues)

Kevon Looney will make an impact on the Warriors ... someday (Andrew Flohr, Golden State of Mind)

Motrezl Harrell is a big part of Houston's future (Darren Yuvan, The Dream Shake)

Richaun Holmes continues to fly under the radar (Wesley Share, Liberty Ballers)

Josh Richardson is taking advantage of his chance (David Ramil, Hot Hot Hoops)

Joe Young looks like a keeper(Jesse Smith, Indy Cornrows)


Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets' center surprise (Mike Olson, Denver Stiffs)

Raul Neto is the "new" old school (AllThatAmar, SLC Dunk)

Boban Marjanovic has been impressive on the court, too (Chris Itz, Pounding the Rock)

Breaking down Nemanja Bjelica's disappointing rookie season (Lucan Seehafer, Canis Hoopus)

Tibor Pleiss is the NBA's romantic comedy(AllThatAmar, SLC Dunk)

Bryce DeJean-Jones, an unexpected but apt addition (Chris Cucciara, The Bird Writes)

Marcelo Huertas is making his mark on the Lakers (Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen and Roll)

Salah Mejri's 11-year trek to the NBA sets him apart (Tim Cato, Mavs Moneyball)

Thanasis Antetokounmpo's the Knicks' first "Q and D" guy (Joe Flynn, Posting and Toasting)

Sasha Kaun defines the Cavs' win-now mentality (Chris Manning, Fear the Sword)

Lamar Patterson walked the long path for the Hawks (Kris Willis, Peachtree Hoops)

Aaron Harrison is working to establish himself (Derek James, At the Hive)

Walter Tavares is still a work in progress (Kris Willis, Peachtree Hoops)

J.J. O'Brien and the long road to the NBA (AllThatAmar, SLC Dunk)

Luis Montero's dirty talk (Brandon Goldner, Blazer's Edge)