Data Dimes: Have NBA rookies impressed since 2015 NCAA Tournament?
As 2016 March Madness kicks off, the PointAfter team took a look back at collegiate stars from a year ago who were selected in the 2015 NBA Draft lottery. Of the 14 players taken, 10 competed in the NCAA Tournament — including four University of Kentucky Wildcats and three players who reached the title game.
Three international players were also selected within the lottery, and they've since experienced mixed results. Kristaps Porzingis has become a phenomenon for New York Knicks fans. Alongside fellow rookie Karl-Anthony Towns, he'd become just the 15th rookie in league history to average at least 14 points, seven rebounds, one assist and 1.5 blocks, joining some pretty elite company.
He wasn't a go-to scorer while in college, but he's handle that responsibility with aplomb for the injury-ravaged Suns.
Performing well in the NCAA Tournament can certainly boost a young player's draft stock, but it ultimately means little when making a leap to the pros. Ultimately, raw talent and poise in the face of enhanced competition is the deciding factor for success.
By: Ben Leibowitz
Note: This article originally appeared on SI.com as part of a partnership between PointAfter and Sports Illustrated.