Soph 20: Who's soaring in Year 2?


19. Maurice Harkless, Magic
Harkless has probably experienced the biggest fall of the sophs since their rookie season. That's because the NBA game is unyielding for someone who can't shoot, and that is the problem for Harkless. Free throws, jump shots, 3s -- all are a mess for him right now.

He is still an effective slasher who draws fouls, and his length and athleticism help him get at least one steal or blocked shot in almost every game. But until he gets his shot figured out, he'll be leaving a ton of unfulfilled potential on the bench.


20. Thomas Robinson, Trail Blazers
In this class, only Kidd-Gilchrist has been a bigger disappointment than Robinson, who was the fifth overall pick. Before the draft, Robinson thought he should be the No. 1 pick, which is laughable now, but at least he has found a way to make an impact for one of the league's best and most surprising teams this season.

Robinson's role in Portland changes nightly -- some games he's a serious contributor, some games he gets just a few minutes -- but his effort has been solid. His poor free throw shooting, however, curbs some of his potential to play more.

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