The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and — whew — have you caught your breath yet? We saw a flurry of deals come in over the past week, over 20 of them, and while Anthony Davis stayed in New Orleans, we did see big names like Kristaps Porzingis, Marc Gasol and Tobias Harris sent packing.
But the thing about trades is, they don’t just affect the players who are traded. There are players involved on both sides when a deal goes down, and for a rookie that can be quite an adjustment. These guys are all past the halfway point of their first NBA seasons, and throwing a wrench into the works at this point can delay or accelerate their development. So instead of the regular rankings this week, let’s take a look at the rookies who were most impacted by this year’s trade deadline.