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Where are the gems in NBA's quietest rookie class in decades?

Who have been the top rookies this season? USA TODAY Sports, NBAE via Getty Images

The 2015 NBA rookie class headlined by Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis and Nikola Jokic added a deep collection of talent to the league with plenty of star potential. NBA scouts and GMs expect the 2017 class -- with Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball at the top -- to do the same.

But what about 2016?

This could be the least productive rookie crop in decades. More than halfway through the season, how does it compare to previous slow-starting classes? Who are the potential gems? And how much hope is there that they'll break out beyond 2016-17?

Following the All-Star break, we're ditching our weekly player rankings to check in on the rookies.