His shooting needs work but Washington's Bradley Beal has still been one of the East's best rookies.
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Before the season even began, the Eastern Conference's clear-cut rookie to watch was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Charlotte Bobcats. How do things look now? We look at the East's most impressive rookies so far.
1. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
, SF, Bobcats
An all-round game and excellent hustle are helping Kidd-Gilchrist bring the Bobcats back to respectability this season.
2. Dion Waiters
, SG, Cavaliers
A sprained ankle slowed him down recently but so far Waiters has been everything Cleveland was hoping for at the 2-guard spot.
3. Bradley Beal
, SG, Wizards
He got off to a slow start but well-rounded Beal has been mostly playing like a star for the Wizards in December.
4. Kyle Singler
, SG, Pistons
After heading to Europe following an impressive college career at Duke, Singler has emerged as a dependable big-minute starter for Detroit.
5. Jonas Valanciunas
, C, Raptors
The expected rookie ups and downs have indeed been regular for Valanciunas, but overall he's showing great talent and the ability to adapt.
Honorable Mentions: Andre Drummond
, C, Pistons; Jeff Taylor
, SG/SF, Bobcats; Andrew Nicholson
, PF, Magic; Terrence Ross
, SG, Raptors; Jared Sullinger
, PF/C, Celtics