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Summer jobs show rookies' potential

Updated: August 3, 2004, 4:24 PM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN the Magazine

Low-balling the incoming NBA draft class seems to be part of the GM offseason curriculum these days. It goes something like this: One, scout the talent. Two, prevaricate about the talent that interests you. Three, downgrade the impact the talent will have anytime soon.

It's not a tough sell, what with the multitude of teenage and foreign players being drafted. Only last year's pronouncement that Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James would be the only additions of note certainly didn't prove true. ...

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