In India, we call it Ragging; in the NBA, itís Rookie Hazing. Itís the orientation tradition for the juniors Ė the freshies, the rookies Ė and a (mostly) friendly reminder to cement the pecking order in the system. But it doesnít work on everybody! There are always a group of freshies too talented to fall to the bottom of the hierarchy, the ones that can take charge of their squad from day one.
And here are the best NBA rookies so far in the season, young stars who have been unhazed by the new surroundings to begin their dominant careers.