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td0tsfinest
08-20-2009, 04:18 PM
http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/article/2009-08-20/5-players-primed-for-breakout-year



Andrea Bargnani, C, Raptors. Bargnani benefited from a coaching switch. In his third season, he thrived with coach Jay Triano after wilting under the criticism of Sam Mitchell, who wanted Bargnani—a 7-footer with a great 3-point shot—to play more


Mike Conley, PG, Grizzlies. Conley never found his way during his rookie year and still was struggling in the first half of last season. But then, a blessing: Memphis hired Lionel Hollins as its coach. Hollins committed to Conley as his point guard


Amir Johnson, PF, Raptors. Johnson has talent, but getting him to use that talent on the floor was a challenge in Detroit, especially because the Pistons were trying to contend in the Eastern Conference.


Anthony Randolph, PF, Warriors. Randolph spent much of his rookie year in coach Don Nelson's doghouse and nailed to the bench. In the first half of the season, he averaged 5.8 points in 12.8 minutes. But after meeting with Nelson and getting a better understanding of what his coach was looking for, Randolph blossomed, averaging 10.7


John Salmons, G/F, Bulls. Salmons has had a strange NBA career. He struggled with his shot for four years in Philadelphia before blossoming with the Kings. But, because he played in Sacramento, few noticed Salmons had grown into an offensive threat

Agree, Disagree?

Who else would you nominate for Breakout season? Last year, we saw the likes of Danny Granger, Devin Harris and Al Jefferson excel. Who will it be this year?

Aside from the above guys, I would nominate Michael Beasley. If gets more minutes, I think he can be the side kick Wade is looking for.

Raps08-09 Champ
08-20-2009, 04:20 PM
Cool. 2 Raptors.

I bet a lot of people would disagree with Bargnani though.

Frank Costanza
08-20-2009, 04:25 PM
i like beasly and bargs not too big on amir johnson being breakout more like usefull and contributing but not breakout


Wouldnt be surprised if some of the rooks from this yr outshine some of last yrs rooks eg. I see big things from Griffen Curry and Flynn hoping my boy demar derozan can be up there with them come ROY votes but those three will be huge


Of last yrs boys though i say D Rose has an even better yr, worthy of the title breakout, there is no more Ben Gordon in Chi so there will be more ball movement, more assists for rose and more shot attempts


Really agree with the Salmons pick he will be sleeper pick for MOst improved player imo

NYtilIdie
08-20-2009, 04:25 PM
Amir Johnson?

Rudy Gay or Wilson Chandler possibly Mayo

b_russ
08-20-2009, 04:39 PM
CJ Miles might???

td0tsfinest
08-20-2009, 04:40 PM
Amir Johnson?

Rudy Gay or Wilson Chandler possibly Mayo

The author was intially wrote him as a Buck. I guess he would've had a better opportunity in Mil. than he will in Toronto.

jrice9
08-20-2009, 04:57 PM
Good picks in Bargnani, Conly and Randolph but Amir Johnson is going to get max 10 minutes a game.

JWO35
08-20-2009, 05:06 PM
:pity: @ Amir Johnson

I assumed this was written before the Bucks signed Hakim Warrick and shipped AJ out to Toronto

Jays Claw
08-20-2009, 05:12 PM
What about Jason Kapono?

The system in Philadelphia suits him very well where he can get a lot of open looks with a post presence in Elton Brand who demands a bunch of double teams. Jason Kapono will also benefit from the penetration Andre Iguodala creates.

IDB Josh M
08-20-2009, 05:20 PM
Andrew Bynum: Full Breakout Season or Break-leg confirmed sam bowie season.

Chronz
08-20-2009, 05:21 PM
Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, that Gelaveve guy in Washington or something. Good list

Jays Claw
08-20-2009, 05:23 PM
Andrew Bynum: Full Breakout Season or Break-leg confirmed Sam Bowie season.

It's going to be a make it or break it season for the young and talented Andrew Bynum.

DerekRE_3
08-20-2009, 05:33 PM
Salmons already had his breakout 2 years ago but sure.

Raps08-09 Champ
08-20-2009, 05:45 PM
Why is Louis Williams of 76ers not there?

He gets the starting job now.

phoenix_bladen
08-20-2009, 05:49 PM
wit the way the raptors stock up some depth and talent

there could be numerous break out players from our roster

i'm really excited for this season!!!

Thatruth32
08-20-2009, 05:50 PM
glad to see AR getting some love i think he is going to beast this year

ctitus45
08-20-2009, 05:53 PM
Eric Gordon/Anthony Randolph

I dunno about Bargnani tho. I think he is what he is at this point. maybe 2 more pts/rebs this season. I remember he was supposed to be the next Dirk coming out in that draft. So far he is nowhere near that, don't think he ever will either. who knows tho? foreign players peak at weird times.

Lo Porto
08-20-2009, 06:01 PM
Bargs broke out last year, and Amir won't break out now that he's in Toronto. Salmons had a big year last year even before going to Chicago.

Randolph and Conley are good calls. The other 3 I think are:

Millsap - if Boozer is gone and he's the starter, he could put up All Star calibur numbers.

Brandon Bass - He could really take advantage of others getting doubled.

Beasley - if Miami makes , then much of the burden will be on Beasley. He could flourish

knicks09
08-20-2009, 06:01 PM
Wilson Chandler is gonna have a breakout year so is OJ Mayo

JWO35
08-20-2009, 06:12 PM
Rodney Stuckey anyone?

nbaguy123
08-20-2009, 06:12 PM
rudy gay, oj mayo, andrea bargnani, anthony randolph, rondney stuckey

drama1386
08-20-2009, 06:16 PM
i look for andrew bogut to have a breakout season as well.

nbaguy123
08-20-2009, 06:20 PM
Rodney Stuckey anyone?

lol. i mentioned rodney stuckey the same minute as you

MaHaRaJaH
08-20-2009, 06:36 PM
Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, that Gelaveve guy in Washington or something. Good list

Him and Westbrook.

Halladay
08-20-2009, 06:40 PM
I'm having a hard time figuring out whether this is the Raptors forum or the NBA forum lol.

Halladay
08-20-2009, 06:44 PM
I'm looking for Josh Smith to do something big, the guy is a very unique player, a combo of outstanding defensem,a good mid-range game and can go to the rim with the best of them. If he puts it all together one day he'll get some MVP votes. For now he's somewhere between average and borderline all-star. He's also only 24 years old.

PrettyBoyJ
08-20-2009, 06:52 PM
Michael Beaseley And Brooke Lopez...

Kyben36
08-20-2009, 06:53 PM
IDK if John is a top 5, I mean, he is a good underated player by many, but breakout, I dont think he will ever get much better than he was last year.

bbcmillionaire
08-20-2009, 06:58 PM
im riding with my mans kirk hinrich, a full season off of an injury

b_rad23
08-20-2009, 06:58 PM
Don't think it was a great list...Like most are saying, Salmons already broke out. Amir Johnson will be buried on a bench. Bargnani broke out in the 2nd half of last year.

Randolph, Beasley, Conley, Stuckey, Thaddeus Young would be my list probably

Chicago's#1 fan
08-20-2009, 07:08 PM
Tyrus Thomas- Derek Rose will for sure be better and will create more opportunities for Thomas. I think 15 points 9 rebounds are realistic averages and enough to be considered breakout season. Go Bulls!

shas
08-20-2009, 07:10 PM
good for Andrea Bargnani, finally getting noticed.

Raps08-09 Champ
08-20-2009, 07:14 PM
I can't really see guys like Mayo, Rose or Beasley breaking out.

They already averaged above average for rookies. I mean they almost average 20 PPG. I don't think they get 25 PPG.

blah-blah
08-20-2009, 07:20 PM
What about Jason Kapono?

The system in Philadelphia suits him very well where he can get a lot of open looks with a post presence in Elton Brand who demands a bunch of double teams. Jason Kapono will also benefit from the penetration Andre Iguodala creates.

is that a joke?

AutomaticWeezy
08-20-2009, 07:21 PM
I may be Biased because I am sixer fan, But I gotta give it to my man Lou Will. He can score, he has an offensive minded coach, and he will be getting starter minutes.

bigsams50
08-20-2009, 07:30 PM
rajon mutha****in rondo

mavwar53
08-20-2009, 07:38 PM
Salmons hes 30 now I believe he has hit his prime and will not be a main option on his team just a good role player and he hass already proven to be one which means no breakout season

knicks09
08-20-2009, 07:45 PM
Tyrus Thomas- Derek Rose will for sure be better and will create more opportunities for Thomas. I think 15 points 9 rebounds are realistic averages and enough to be considered breakout season. Go Bulls!

wow stop bein a homer....

SaimoNETS
08-20-2009, 08:19 PM
Courtney Lee anyone?

Tmac,lt,berkman
08-20-2009, 08:21 PM
Andrew Bynum: Full Breakout Season or Break-leg confirmed sam bowie season.

if he has a full season or not he still only gonna average like 8 points and 6 rebounds..

Tmac,lt,berkman
08-20-2009, 08:22 PM
rajon mutha****in rondo

sucks

Kdirt
08-20-2009, 08:45 PM
Good call on Randolph, Lou Williams might too.

Catfish1314
08-20-2009, 09:00 PM
I'm a big Salmons fan, but I don't think he's going to break out anymore than he has. He's closing in on 30. Late bloomer or not, he won't get substantially better than he is now.

My own homer picks: Spencer Hawes and Joakim Noah.

Noah has started the last two seasons with health issues and it prevented him from being in great shape. He's healthy now and he's been more focused on improving this summer so he could realistically average 10-11-2 with enough playing time. Hawes was much better to start the season, when the Kings still had a legitimate NBA coach, than he was the rest of it. Now that the Kings do have a real coach again and Hawes is one year better, he could be due for a breakout type season.

My non homer pick: Louis Williams. The opportunity is there for him to flourish. The Sixers are a good team and he spent the last few seasons learning from one of the better true floor generals in the NBA in Andre Miller.

SensandRaps
08-20-2009, 09:00 PM
Courtney Lee anyone?

imo thats he's a good suggestion for a break out season. we all saw that he can defend and with the nets he might even be there 3rd option behind harris and lopez which will mean he will put up better offensive numbers. he is one of the few players who can really break out next season

Cavs_Fan24
08-20-2009, 09:11 PM
I see Andre Iguodala having a more consistent year and if the sixers start to play well with Brand he might be an all star and maybe an MVP candidate IMO. Btw I like the Conley prediction. If he can become a better decision maker he could really help the grizzlies. I see Brandon Wright and Jeff Green having not breakout years, but a bigger impact with their roles on their teams.

nyyfan4life
08-20-2009, 09:13 PM
Look for Aaron Brooks to avg big numbers. He is basically the only scoring threat on the Rockets. Something close to what Devin Harris did this past year, IMO.

j-bay
08-20-2009, 09:15 PM
what about arenas

GeorgeMcCloud21
08-20-2009, 11:45 PM
Mike Miller
JJ Barea
Courtney Lee
Aaron Brooks
Paul Milsap

AK23
08-20-2009, 11:49 PM
http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/article/2009-08-20/5-players-primed-for-breakout-year









Agree, Disagree?

Who else would you nominate for Breakout season? Last year, we saw the likes of Danny Granger, Devin Harris and Al Jefferson excel. Who will it be this year?

Aside from the above guys, I would nominate Michael Beasley. If gets more minutes, I think he can be the side kick Wade is looking for.

why no brooks :confused:

b_rad23
08-20-2009, 11:52 PM
I can't really see guys like Mayo, Rose or Beasley breaking out.

They already averaged above average for rookies. I mean they almost average 20 PPG. I don't think they get 25 PPG.

Beasley averaged under 14 ppg and only played 24 mpg. He has nowhere to go but up.

This year: 22 and 8.5.

PhillyForLife90
08-21-2009, 12:08 AM
For me its...

Kwame Brown
Brevin Knight
Mark Madsen.

:laugh2:

On a serious note, I think Mayo could break out this year. I actually think Thad Young will be even better this year too. There's a lot of players that could have a break out year, who they will be remains to be seen...

dhalvarez
08-21-2009, 12:21 AM
Bargnani is going to have to have a breakout season just to justify is 50 million dollar extension. The way he improved the second half of last year I see him growing that much more.

Kapono? don't think that he would get anymore chances in Philly as he did in Toronto. Kapono just stopped shooting even when he had opportunities, and his defense was really exposed. But some buddy has to break out

Unruly Fan
08-21-2009, 09:52 AM
Don't think it was a great list...Like most are saying, Salmons already broke out. Amir Johnson will be buried on a bench. Bargnani broke out in the 2nd half of last year.

Randolph, Beasley, Conley, Stuckey, Thaddeus Young would be my list probablySame goes for Thaddeus Young as well.

But I agree with Tyrus Thomas. With solid mins he'll be a 15/10 guy with 1+ block(s) a game.