Every year in the nba their is one player who either comes out of knowhere to dominate the league or a player who goes from really good to great. Who do you think is this years breakout star? My choice is Eric Gordon, Playing for the Hornets he should be able to shoot the ball at least 20 times a game. Also he is a very efficient player so i dont see a reaaon why he wouldnt be able to put u around 25 a game. Another reason i pick Gordon is because I think his team is gonna be better than advertised i dont see playoffs but maybe the 9 or tenth team.
Last year's Surprise star was Kevin Love......
My 5 candidates this year are
1.John Wall-This guy has the talent to be the premier point guard in the nba in 2 years..Once he slows down and get adjusted to playing in the halfcourt and the Wizards gave him some mature teammates...
2.Ricky Rubio-Steve Nash without the shooting skills..Rubio will benefit playing in Alderman's run and gun system..
3.Rudy Gay-When he was at UCONN folks were comparing him to Kobe and Scottie Pippen..But he didnt live up to that potential and dropped in the draft..But he's on the verge of becoming an all star...And he has alot to prove after Memphis almost made it to the Western Conference Finals without him...
4.Kyrie Irving-People really didnt get a chance to see what he was capble of doing when he was at Duke..But scouts saw enuff to make him the 1st pick..In the preseason,he showed am ability to run the offense and put points on the board..
5.Evan Turner-People seem to have forgotten about him after his disappointing rookie year..But Turner is going to be 1 of this year's surprise players...
Love was the Most Improved Player last year, but you can put LaMarcus Aldridge, Russell Westbrook and Loul Deng on that list for last year too.
This season, I'm going all in on Jrue Holiday. Also Derrick Favors to a lesser degree.
This years breakout star will be a guy who is unexpected he's been around but has flown under the radar for most of his career and that is Thaddeus Young
The Sixers will most likely trade Igoudala by the deadline, even so I see Holiday and Young leading the Sixers into the playoffs.
Young will average 17pts and 7rebs but do it so effeciently, he will also be a great defender
Jrue Hoilday will have a very good year. Philly needs to stop this Iggy "point forward" crap and just hand the full reigns to Holiday.
@RudeBoy I love all your picks except Rudy Gay is already an established star in this league. After averaging 20ppg his 2nd year in the league he steadily declined in scoring average because of Mayo and now Randolph but became more efficient and a better all around player. He's going to have a really good year maybe average 20 again but he's not selfish enough to ever be one of the top 5 scorers in the league though he has to the talent to average closer to 30 a game.
Turner still needs Iggy to get traded but even if he comes off the bench look for him to average around 14ppg and atleasat 7 rpg. If he started and got atleast 35mpg he could easily average 17, 8, and 4 assists this year. He also maybe the best ball handling wing in the league not named Lebron. He had some killer moves off the dribble last year and it's even tighter this year.
Jrue Holiday is my candidate for breakout and MIP because he got the keys to the Sixers offense and is an amazing driver. Holiday combines speed, strength, and intelligence with his tight handles, nice outside shot, and shut down defense. He just turned 21 in the summer and say's he's extremely confident in every interview about the season and had a great preseason. Look for him to be one of the league leaders in points scored in the 4th quarter. This guy has ice water in his veins.
James Harden is another player who's ready to go off. He absolutely killed it after the Jeff Green trade and is my front runner to win 6th man if he don't get promoted like he should.
Danillo Gaillinari is going to have a really good year in Denver with 2 great point goods on the roster and Wilson Chandler in China. He should average atleast 18ppg and shoot over 40% from downtown.
Lamarcus Aldridge will finally make the All Star team this year because I don't see how it's possible Duncan get's voted in again especially considering he is going to miss a few games and play a career low in mpg.
Michael Beasley will finally average over 20ppg in the league this year after averaging 19.7 last year in 32 mpg. Even with Derrick Williams on the roster now Beasley is the best pure scorer on the Wolves roster and Adelman likes to get out and run.
Ty Lawson got the keys to the deepest and most uptempo team in the year he projects to have a huge year.
Bradon Jennings should finally take a huge step forward this year.
Demar Derozan will be in discussion for MIP and will average around 21-24 ppg this year but will do little else.
Tyreke Evans might have a bigger year then everybody I just listed. I met him again in the summer because he was at home in Philly working out for awhile and relaxing. He's completely healthy and in great shape. He looks a little trimmed down and quicker. A lot of people don't realize how good of a ball handler and passer Reke will is but with Jimmer and Thornton spacing the floor and Cousins in the post he's gonna show his full arsenal this year.
Yeah Tyreke Evans is my guy he has potential to get mini LeBron numbers averaging around 22 ppg,6 rpg,6 apg espically with Jimmer there now to provide space and assist for Tyreke
I'm going to take a gamble and say Derrick Favors, and you could sya J-Smoove (well J-Slim) is a little bit of a star but i think he's going to have a special year too.
I know Rudy is a star..But he's not a top 10 player..Some say he's not even in the top 20..
But he has said he wanted to prove the team needs him..After all the trade rumors after they did good without him..Thats why i say he's 1 to watch this year...Maybe if he has a great season,he'll move into the consensus top 20 territory..
I think DeMarcus Cousins will have a good year..He must improve his field goal percentage,its strange seeing a big man of his talents shooting 40% from the floor...I guess it was becuz he strayed away from the basket and was attempting so many jumpshots...
Paul George has had a very good preseason..and with Indiana's lack of shooting guards,he's going to get plenty of minutes....
Hope you guys are right about Evans. I really need this guy to finally rise up and be that player that I want him to be. I've seen bursts of it, but I want to see him completely make that leap.
@Rudeboy okay I totally get what you mean now. Yeah Gay does have the potential to be a top 20 player but I don't think it'll ever happen in Memphis not with that team, the Grizz just are stacked with options on offense and Gay can become complacant if he don't get enough touches. If he were on a team like the Bucks who are good enough on defense to make the playoffs but are so bad on offense they have trouble winning games he could become that guy. Aldridge became that guy last year because he was the go to guy on a playoff team surrounded by really good role players. I think Gay would be best in a situation like that because in Memphis they are gonna feed the post til the wheels fall off and they probably should.
And Reke will have a big year leading the Kings tho I'm unsure of what his scoring numbers are gonna look like now that team has atleast 4 other players that can score 20 on any given night. But I do know Reke is going to shoot a much higher percent and I see him averaging around 8 assists per game. Like I said before his handles are ridiculous and combined with his strength he can get into the lane whenever he wants, so that's gonna set up a bunch of drive and kick assists wit Thornton, Jimmer, and Salmons. Plus he got DMC, Hickson, and Thompson to throw the ball to down low. The Kings are a dangerous team on offense and Reke is going to be the one directing all this talent.
I am going to go out on a limb with mine.
DeAndre Jordan - I think he is more talented than Tyson Chandler. I know a lot will not agree with that. Can he anchor a defense like Chandler...I think so.
Stephen Curry - We talked about this before, particularly should Ellis be moved.
Jeff Teague - It may be a little hard to picture, mainly because ATL just hasnt fully put it together as a team yet and J.J. has such a high usage rate....but if ATL is to move forward, they need to give total freedom to Teague...if they do...he can have a huge year.
Al-Farouq Aminu - I may be a lil ahead of the game here but he has the potential to do it. The trade was a good thing for him. I think he has big time potential as an offensive rebounder.
I think it could well be Andrew Bynum. Bit of a dark horse pick, but Kobe has slowed down, Pau can only do so much and if Drew can just stay healthy he'll get a lot of touches, and a lot of shots under Mike Brown who was quoted as wanting to run a TD/Admiral offensive system.
I do like the Turner pick though, it just depends on how confident he is, and how confident the coaches are in him. Talent isn't an issue. Though whoever said he had the best wing handle outside of Lebron James need to take a closer look at Tyreke Evans or get their eyes checked.
I don't think he will be a "star" this year, but I think Evan Turner will be vastly improved. And he better be, he's on my fantasy squad...
I don't know about star, but DeAndre Jordan will have a great season in my opinion. I think he'll average 14 points a game, maily because of "Lob City" but still I think he'll have a very solid 14 and 8.5 season, and I'll go out on a limb and say he shoots 70% from the field, he shot 68.6% last season, so I think that percentage will increase as will the number of lobs, lol.
I expect Ty Lawson to break out this season.
Last season, Ty Lawson came off of the bench for the Nuggets behind starting veteran Chauncey Billups. But, whenever Chauncey was traded as a result of the Carmelo Anthony drama, Ty Lawson became a starter for the Nuggets and he really never looked back afterwards.
Ty Lawson can do a lot for your team. He can pass the ball extremely well, can finish above and around the rim on fast breaks, can shoot the ball effectively, and he is one of those high-energy guys who loves to try to make every play he can to help your team win. He's pretty small, so he can run upand stand behind one of the opposing players and come up with a steal and 2 points the other way.
The fans in Denver love him, and they hope he sticks around for a while. Did you guys see that game last season (after Chauncey was traded) were Lawson hit his first 10 3-pointers of the game and finished 10-11? He went crazy that game and Denver was loving every minute of it.
It'll be a while before the city of Denver has a superstar basketball player like Carmelo Anthony, but I believe that Ty Lawson could fill the role of fan-favorite in the meantime and also bring himself to the breakout athlete in the NBA this season.
I'm gonna be homer and pick DeMar DeRozan.
Also Jrue Holiday and Roddy Beaubois.
Paul George of the pacers is going to get off this year. He is now 6'10 and still have his shooting guard skills both offensively and defensively. Plus he added a post game and touched up the jumper. King George #Greatness
Very sleeper pick: Lance Stephenson
if Collison struggles, I can see Vogel give the starting gig to Lance.
Rodrigue Beaubois- With Barea out the way, it leaves room for him to rack up on a decent offer in coming years, once Kidd hangs it up. Beaubois is exceptionally special and nothing short of it. I would be really happy as a Mavs fan, to let Barea roam free as he pleased. ---------->MIP Award watch <-----------
@Omphalos I consider Tyreke Evans a guard. By wing player I was referring to players who are SG/SF not PG/SG. But I can't think of another player besides Lebron whose 6'7 or taller with handles as tight as Turner.
And I already mentioned Reke's crazy handles, if you ever saw him player in a summer league game with a street ball like atmosphere you'll think Reke has some of the best handles you've saw since A.I. He embarrases people badly in those type of games.
And Andrew Bynum is a very good pick for MIP and breack out star I can definitly see that happening.