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Surprise Breakout Players

There's probably a good chance this forum topic has been posted before, but I haven't seen it recently, so I thought I could put my two cents on it. I'm curious what players do you all think could be surprise breakout performers? I define breakout performers as such:

A starter that expands his role into a go-to guy (ala Rajon Rando)
A role player that expands his role as a game changer (ala Trevor Ariza)
A mere end of the roster player that catches most off guard with his regular contributions (ala Marcin Gortat)

Here are some names I'm throwing out:

Randolph Morris: I first saw this guy when he played that nationally televised game vs. Dwight Howard back in high school. Now he's more known for being that guy that stayed in the NBA draft, went undrafted, but still came back to school, then signed as a free agent with the NY Knicks immediately after finishing the collegiate season. Now with Atlanta, given the teams' concern of big men depth, I say he gets a shot behind off the bench along with Joe Smith and Zaza Pachulia to contribute, which could allow Josh Smith to play more 3. Reports I've read from Atlanta reporters say they see a quicker, lighter Morris who deserves to at least have a shot. I look at him to have Gortat kind of numbers (4ppg, 4 rpg, 1bpg, 12mpg)

Marcus Haislip: Alright, so I kind of cheated on this one since S.A. signed him counting on his improvement spending time in Europe. But similar to how Anthony Parker made very solid contributions his first year with Toronto, I look at Haislip the same way and be the first big off the bench for the Spurs, assuming McDyess starts. Duncan is getting old and needs to see his regular season number reduced, McDyess and Ratliff are older, and you're not quite sure what you will get out of Blair.

Will Bynum: Again, I'm not throwing out a total surprise name. Bynum averaged 7 ppg in 14mpg for the Pistons last season, so he was productive in his minutes. But being that the Pistons are very young beyond Hamilton and Wallace, I can't see how this guy doesn't get a bigger role. And my prediction is that Hamilton will be traded for a big and a backup PG, and Stuckey won't be consistent enough at the point. They'll then move Stuckey to the 2 after a Hamilton trade, move Bynum to start to bring more playmaking to the starting lineup. I could see him putting the numbers Stuckey had last year, at best.

Ike Diogu: Very solid scoring ability, not much else. But it just seems his always underutilized with his previous teams. I look at New Orleans to count on him, and as long as he is out there with UConn alums Okafor or Armstrong as help defenders, his sub-par defense could be hidden to an extent. He's playing with by far the best team he's been on, and with Chris Paul having another tool on offense, Diogu should be the most productive he's been in his career.

Players I am not counting as possibilities:
Rodney Stuckey and Yi Jianlian: Both are 3rd year players, and have had mixed results. Stuckey will get a chance as a full time PG, and Yi will get more shots with Carter in Orlando. Their first potentially big contracts count on them having big seasons this year, so it won't necessarily be a surprise.

Trevor Ariza and Brandon Bass: Both players had breakout years last year, and were paid handsomely this off-season. They are being counted on having productive years.

Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah: The Bulls are just waiting for these former lottery picks to be productive consistently.

Also, try to avoid naming 2nd year players. It's almost a given these players will improve some, if not dramatically.


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Rudy Gay from potential all

Rudy Gay from potential all star to superstar, From what ive heard aout the USA tryouts the man has been killing and his potential was super high since he entered the NBA , just waiting to break out

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My list

Martell Webster-Was out all season basically. He could help the Blazers dramatically.
Lou Williams-With Andre gone, his stats should rise.
Rodney Stuckey-Borderline all-star next year. I really like this guys game.
Charlie Villanueva-Expect his scoring to dramatically rise.
Glen Davis-Not sure about this one with the addition of Wallace. However, Powe is gone and he came into his own towards the end of the year.
Greg Oden-Sorry, I just had to have him on this list. If he is healthy, borderline all-star

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Russell Westbrook

If he can slow down and not rush the decisions he makes, he will be an All-Star

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TJ Ford: Starter to

TJ Ford: Starter to Potential all star. I've always liked his game, and thought he was a huge par of when the Raptors won the division a couple years ago. He's fast, and a good defensive player as well as a good playmaker.
Projected stats: 16 ppg, 8 apg, 4rpg, 1.5 spg.

Russell Westbrook: Starter to All Star. Athletic freak who can score and play D. Assists numbers should be high playing with KD.
Projected stats: 17 ppg, 7 apg, 5 rpg, 2.5 spg.

Nene: Starter to potential all star. Had a good season last year, and with Shaq in the East, and Yoa hurt, he could be an all star this year as a possible reserve.
Projected Stats: 16 ppg, 9 rpg.

I have more that i'll say later

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a couple

Bogut will go from okay starter to a much more valuable part of the offense with numbers like 16-10.

Aaron Brooks will go from young developing starter to a leader for the rockets.

my boy ryan hollins showed promise last year with dallas, and i think he will go from bench player to key rotation player for minnesota next year. With jefferson and love both being undersized bigs who are athletically challenged, i could see a nice role opening up for hollins as an athletic 7 foot shot blocker.

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I agree on some of these

Greg Oden and Nene both have a chance at the All-Star center spot especially if Duncan is still put as a PF, I think both are better then Bynum. T.J Ford has always had the talent, just never put it together, but I think the East doesn't have room for him and as for Rudy Gay, I can see it happening, but it's the Grizzles...so yeah. Aaron Brooks could be holding up "Most Improved" Trophy by the end of the year. I love the Bogut prediction. I see him averaging 15 and 10. Maybe more and does anyone think Iggy can make the All-Star team if the 76er's play well?

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RickyRubio9 are you saying

RickyRubio9 are you saying that Rudy cant have a surprise breakout year simply because he plays for the Grizzlies? I dont understand your logic?

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I believe Iggy will be an

I believe Iggy will be an all star last year, but it wouldnt be a huge breakout season cause hes been good the last few years.
I expect 20 ppg, 6rpg, 5 apg something around there.

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Ayee

Guess I should have emphasized SURPRISE players...Rudy Gay and Russell Westbrook? They're loads of endless potential...and Westbrook is a 2nd year player! (anyone read that last sentence of the post?) Health is the only thing that has hindered Nene, and he's pretty much always been really good ( I hoped the Sixers would have got him when I heard Allen Iverson was being traded to Denver). How is Aaron Brooks a surprise? The dude averaged 17ppg in the playoffs, being a big-time player should be no surprise. And blazer_fan, I don't see how Davis and Webster get the minutes to be breakout performers.

And just another comment...seems like everyone that roots for the Sixers hope Iguodala becomes an all-star, yet see Young breakout as well. How can that happen when it was proven last year Iggy couldn't be a natural 2? As a realist, more than likely the Sixers will have to part with one of them to improve another need, leaving no position controversy. I giggle when I see those guys, Deron Williams (I feel bad he hasn't been an all-star yet!), and Wilson Chandler (franchise player- Please!) get so much love on this site.

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Oh..

Well I wasn't saying Iggy is going to breakout, but I was just asking. I like Iggy, not the team. I hate Young, way overrated. Isn't Westbrook a second year player? As you said...Aaron Brooks would be a surprise to do it all year long against all the Point Guards not Fisher and Blake

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Oh..

Well I wasn't saying Iggy is going to breakout, but I was just asking. I like Iggy, not the team. I hate Young, way overrated. Isn't Westbrook a second year player? As you said...Aaron Brooks would be a surprise to do it all year long against all the Point Guards not Fisher and Blake

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i just cant put greg oden as

i just cant put greg oden as a potenial all star over bynum no matter how hard i try. before injury bynum was easily 15-10 2bpg guy. theres no way i see oden doing that this year. also ariza had more of a breakout playoffs then a break out year since he only averaged 2 more points then last season and averaged pretty much the same numbers as he did in 07. im still not completely sold on stuckey being a allstar pg

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I hope Iguodala makes it, i

I hope Iguodala makes it, i believed he deserved it 2 yrs ago but it shows that he will have to score more to be an all star. he needs at least 20 ppg.

My breakout player no ones talking about is very much is LaMarcus Aldridge. I have always thought his potential was infinite, and i believe he is just scratching the surface of where he could up in his best years.

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I think given the right

I think given the right amount of minutes Anthony randolph can have a breakout season he has loads of potential. Rudy gay is nice his stats fell when oj came but once they get that connection they are going to be a great combo.

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Ive been waiting for Gerald

Ive been waiting for Gerald Wallace to breakout, hes an athletic freak, and I think its time to breakout.

I also expect JR Smith to be a really good scorer for the Nuggets this year and if hes a starter could average close to 20 ppg.

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i think Ryan Hollins will he

i think Ryan Hollins will he showed he can defend and rebound and i think he will get more more playing time and oppurtunities on a not very deep Timberwolves team.

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Will

Will Nick Young, Andray Blatche or Randy Foye for the Wiz please stand up? At least one will I think.

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this season's breakt out players

pretty tough conditions for naming a breakout player... how about janero pargo... Analysts are saying he will have a decent run with the bulls, but i find that hard to believe if has to play behind Rose. But Pargo is supposedly an efficient guy with the limited type of minutes he gets.

Anthony Randolph and Anthony Morrow are second year players definitely going to have an impact this season. But how about Kelena Azabuike? With all the injuries last year, Kelena got his break and I think he may see starter's minutes this year, especially if Jackson gets traded (also depending on who the dubs get for Jackson). And what about CJ watson? CJ is the black sheep stud that the warriors don't want to acknowledge. Seriously, put this guy on a team where is the official backup and he could pull off a Calderon to a lesser degree where he competes against the starting PG (assuming your starting PG is not a top NBA PG - e.g. Felton, Ford, Alston, Udrih, Chalmers, Fisher, Telfair)

Charlie Villanueva should get regular starter minutes. Not the defensive presence that Rasheed was but I think he will expand to go to guy on the offensive end.

Wilson Chandler - This guy saw inconsistent minutes towards the end of the season after the Knicks picked up Hughes, and despite that he was still able to show he was productive no matter what role he was given (starter, off the bench, sf, sg, playmaker, etc). This team is going to need a go to guy and I think Chandler will be that guy.

Barea - Watch as Kidd's numbers continue to decline this year. Barea is the future of that Mavs squad and his 09/10 numbers will show an increase in minutes and avgs. No ill will to Kidd, but if he suffers an injury Barea will be the guy that steps up to the plate.

anyways, check out my blog on project scoring break outs - http://gdubdsbball.blogspot.com/

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