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ESPN's Thorpe Ranks the Rookies

David Thorpe writes ESPN's weekly Rookie Watch. In his first preseason ranking, Thorpe has Brook Lopez at #9, Chris Douglas-Roberts at #27 and Ryan Anderson at #28. Thorpe writes Lopez will need to develop "his touch shots from 5 to 15 feet off the pass from penetration" if Lawrence Frank's dribble-drive motion offense is to succeed. He'll also have to "mix in his back-to-the-basket stuff".