At the dawn of every NBA season, the incoming rookie class provides a ray of hope for fans all over the league.
But before they officially take the stage, let's look back at the best rookie seasons among today's stars.
To find the top 10, we looked at three different metrics (all housed at Basketball Reference and tracked back to the earliest season of any active player), as well as their cumulative variants.
First, every active player who logged at least 1,000 minutes as a rookie was sorted by the average of their ranks from that season in box plus/minus (and wins over replacement player, which is value over replacement player times 2.7), win shares per 48 minutes (and win shares) and game score per 48 minutes (and cumulative game score).
Some of those players, like Jokic and Robinson, didn't carry huge responsibilities as rookies.