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phlp_bj
08-12-2008, 03:46 PM
Andrew Bynum: 13.1 Points, 10.2 Rebounds, 28 Minutes

By the time the Lakers were in the playoffs, many fans outside of L.A. had forgotten just what a monster year Bynum was putting together before his January injury ended his season. He had been on a steady improvement curve: from 11.4 points on 59% shooting in November to 13.9 points on 66% shooting in December to January's 17.3 points on 70% shooting.

Bynum was beginning to dominate, as illustrated by three games over a 20-day period in which he had 24 points and 11 rebounds against the Sixers, 28 and 12 against Phoenix, and 25 and 17 against Milwaukee on 31 of 37 shooting. That's 83% from the field. His field goal percentage of 63.6 for the year may just be the tip of the iceberg.

Randy Foye: 13.1 Points, 4.2 Assists, 32 Minutes

After making the All-Rookie Team in 06-07, Foye's second season was derailed with a pre-season knee injury keeping him out of the line-up until late January. His 15 points per game on 52% shooting in the last month of his rookie year were probably a good indication of what was to come.

John Salmons: 12.5 Points, 4.3 Rebounds, 31 Minutes

Salmons blew out of the gates last year, averaging 20.7 points per game in the first 7 games of the season. Call this the "Pre-Ron-Ron" phase. In Ron Artest's first game back, Salmons got four shots and the breakout season skidded to a halt.

Then Kevin Martin went down with an injury in December, missing 17 games, and Salmons was back on a tear averaging 19.5 points per game during that stretch. Call this the "Without Kevin" phase.

Jeff Green: 10.5 Points, 4.7 Rebounds, 28 Minutes

With all of the attention given to Kevin Durant, Green was the forgotten man on a dreadful team but laid the groundwork for what could be his breakout season.

His scoring average climbed and production rose from 11 points in February to 12.8 in March to 15.9 in April. His 35 points against Denver and 27 points against Golden State the last month of the season showed that he can score against teams that don't defend, but better production and efficiency will come in his second season.

Al Thornton: 12.7 Points, 4.5 Rebounds, 27 Minutes

He was a bright spot on a bad team, and showed glimpses throughout the year of the potential scoring explosions to come.

Thornton had games of 25 points against San Antonio, 33 against Atlanta, and 39 against Memphis, and averaged 26.0 points over a four-game stretch in March on 51% shooting and 26-29 from the line.

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=9747

lakers4sho
08-12-2008, 04:21 PM
Bynum should at least produce the same numbers this upcoming season. Can't wait to see him play again :jumpy:

Jay22Redd
08-12-2008, 04:42 PM
Bynum, Foye and Thornton are going to be ridiculous.

hockeypro68
08-12-2008, 04:47 PM
BARON & THORNTON...oh my

Lakersfan2483
08-12-2008, 05:13 PM
Good list, look for Bynum to take the NBA by storm next season. People are doubting the young man can do it, but with his drive and the fact that he is being tutored by the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he will prove all the doubters wrong.

still1ballin
08-12-2008, 05:20 PM
Good list, look for Bynum to take the NBA by storm next season. People are doubting the young man can do it, but with his drive and the fact that he is being tutored by the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he will prove all the doubters wrong.

amen

chaugh970
08-12-2008, 05:27 PM
where is JR Smith on that list?

Brooke
08-12-2008, 06:53 PM
I can't wait to see Bynum in action again :)

Hawkeye15
08-12-2008, 07:08 PM
I think Foye goes for 16-6 this year. He should be much improved. Wolves win 38 games.

HouRealCoach
08-12-2008, 07:26 PM
Also look for Felton, Harris, Udrih, Horford, and Okafor....

Chronz
08-12-2008, 09:29 PM
Definitely agree with Bynum, Im alittle iffy on Thornton because of his age and total lack of efficiency scoring the ball, Salmons is as good as hes going to get seeing an increased role isnt improving it just means the player that was better than you last year is gone. Dont get me wrong to a certain extent he could improve but just because a players per game averages go up doesnt mean hes improved it could just be a result of more PT. The rest should continue to improve not sure if they "break out" though

Chronz
08-12-2008, 09:31 PM
Also look for Felton, Harris, Udrih, Horford, and Okafor....

I guarantee Udrih doesnt do jack this year, Ive given up on Felton, Harris has the potential, Emeka has been in the league for a few years now and has made steady improvements, I dont think he will break out out of nowhere.