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Potential Breakout Players in the NBA for 08-09

Posted on: August 18, 2009 7:00 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2009 2:09 pm
 

In the NBA there are many players who are on the cusp of stardom. Here a list of players who I think have the potential to have big seasons.

1. Derrick Rose 6-4 PG Chicago Bulls

Analysis: Showed he was the best guard in his draft. He played great in the playoffs averaging 19.7 points and 6.3 assists. With Ben Gordon gone Rose will have full control of this team.

2. Anthony Randolph 6-10 PF Golden State Warriors

Analysis: Randolph is a great young player with a desire to become better. At 6-10 he is very quick and has good ball handling ability. He is an intense competitor and will become a great player as long as Don Nelson gives him the minutes he deserves.

3. Aaron Brooks 6-0 PG Houston Rockets

Analysis: With Yao Ming out for the year look for the Rockets to play a up-tempo style of basketball. This should increase his potential as Aaron Brooks will be allowed to use his speed to push the ball and create shots for his teammates and his self.

4. JaVale McGee 7-0 C Washington Wizards

Analysis: McGee is a very athletic big man. He is the type of big men that Wizards have needed for the last few years. With Arenas back, the Wizards will play a higher tempo style of basketball. If McGee can overtake Haywood as the starter look for him to have a big season.

5. Michael Beasley 6-9 SF/PF Miami Heat

Analysis: In the last 5 games of the regular season Michael Beasley averaged 24.2 points and 11.2 rebounds. It is clear that when Beasley starts he is a more valuable and focused player. If Erik Spolestra starts beasley this upcoming season he may be the NBA's most improved player.

6. Brook Lopez 7-0 C New Jersey Nets

Analysis: With Carter gone Lopez will be the #2 scoring option for the Nets. He has a good post up game and has solid 17 foot jumpshot. He could average somewhere between 15 and 18 points with a lot of rebounds.

7. Channing Frye 6-11 PF Phoenix Suns

Analysis: Channing Frye's play has declined since teasing the Knicks in his rookie season. I think play with Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire will allow Frye to show his great skill set.

8. Paul Milsap 6-7 PF Utah Jazz

Analysis: Has double-double written all over him. He was great when Boozer went down and will great if Boozer gets traded. Expect big things from the young Jazz forward next year.

Others:

Wilson Chandler, Nick Young, Jason Thompson, Marc Gasol, Boris Diaw, and Al Horford

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Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 4:16 am
 

Potential Breakout Players in the NBA for 08-09

Now I'm the a-hole :-0

It seems I qouted stuff from Mauhhaj's posts without using the quote bars.

I misread Mauhhaj's saying "two years" as "five years" anyway which makes my post a bit weak anyway.  Oh well, my bad.

Anthony Randolph is good btw :)




Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 4:11 am
 

Potential Breakout Players in the NBA for 08-09

Maughaj--It seems as if you are arguing with yourself in the same post.  You start with the following...

I'm not saying Anthony Randolph is terrible or anything. I agree his Tremendous Upside Potential could lead him to be a KG type player

followed by...

I was saying that I will 100% guaruntee that he is not in the Top 5 PF's in the next 2 years.

This would lead one to believe that you do not feel that KG is a top 5 Power Forward, but you say in a previous post in which you are ranking power forwards the following....

1.  KG

So you think that Randolph has KG potential and that KG is the #1 Power Forward in the game.  So obviously if Randolph has KG potential, that would mean you feel he has the potential to be the #1 Power Forward in the game.  Yet somehow you feel he has a 100% guarantee of not being a top 5 PF in FIVE YEARS. 

Seriously dude when is he going to reach that KG/top five potential.  In year 12?  Year 27?

If a guy does not pretty much reach his potential by year five than what was his potential was pretty much not his potential to begin with. 

And yes Randolph does have KG potential and has a very good chance of being a top five PF in 5 years or less (or SF if thats what we decide to call him).  Go with Jeckyl.



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2009 10:49 pm
 

Potential Breakout Players in the NBA for 08-09

Explain why not. Players with talent and work ethic 90% if the time pan out. At the least he will be an Lamar Odom type player. He even grew an inch over the summer and is listed at 7ft tall by some. When was the last time the NBA had a player with his skill set and athletecism at 7 foot.



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2009 2:56 pm
 

Potential Breakout Players in the NBA for 08-09

I'm not saying Anthony Randolph is terrible or anything. I agree his Tremendous Upside Potential could lead him to be a KG type player,

I was saying that I will 100% guaruntee that he is not in the Top 5 PF's in the next 2 years.

Hell, he wont be in the top 5 in the next 5 years.

 

An




Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2009 2:58 pm
 

Potential Breakout Players in the NBA for 08-09

You left out Antawn Jamison...Definetly ahead of Brand, Lee, lewis, and gasol



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2009 5:03 pm
 

Potential Breakout Players in the NBA for 08-09

If you watch Anthony Randolph play you know his potential is limitless. He wants to be good and works hard. That only adds to the equation. If you're 6-10 and you have ligitimate 2 guard speed then that says alot about your athletic ability. He has long arms and solid mid range shooter. Randolph also was among leaders in blocks per 48 minutes. Then he also has great ball handling ability. There is a very high possibility that Randolph will be an all-star in a few years.



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2009 6:43 pm
 

Potential Breakout Players in the NBA for 08-09

I agree about Derrick Rose, he is already on his way to be in the Top 3 PGs in the NBA.

It seems ludacris to say Anthony Randolph may be in the Top 5 PF's in the next 2 years (see list below), especially since he has proven absolutely nothing in his career to this point.

Millsap is certainly not in the Top 5 Power Forwards, in fact he's not even the best one on his own team! I can name 10 better than him right now. In no particular order:

1. KG
2. Tim Duncan
3. Amare
4. Boozer
5. Gasol
6. David West
7. Dirk Nowitzki
8. Rashard Lewis
9. Chris Bosh
10. David Lee
11. Elton Brand

I wanted to add Blake Griffin too lol

Also, Millsap didn't even average 12 points a game let alone 12 rebounds



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2009 3:40 pm
 

Potential Breakout Players in the NBA for 08-09

Randy Foye is going to do big things in Washington.  His struggles in Minnesota can be attributed to fans being bitter with Kevin McHale for acquiring him straight up for Brandon Roy.  Not exactly easy expectations to live up to.  Roy Hibbert could be on the list too after a monster summer leauge.  He looked pretty good when he was on the court as a rookie last year...its all about staying out of foul trouble.  My biggest problem with this list is the varying degree of "breakout" players you have on it.  Guys like Rose. Lopez, Millsap, etc pretty well broke out last year, putting up lots of big numbers.  They will likely put up bigger number this year, but it would be nice to see different tiers for the different levels...Derrick Rose next will be far greater than Aaron Brooks next year, etc.  Overall nice job though.



Since: Aug 3, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2009 3:04 pm
 

Potential Breakout Players in the NBA for 08-09

I do agree with this list. How ever I would like to add one person to the others list, Tyrus Thomas. Here is my case;

Tyrus Thomas Is one of the best young up and coming players in the league. He may be a little inconsistent but as it is said that will come with maturity. He showed that he can handle the pressure last season, showed improvement in his all around game, and also showed that yes he can average 20 and 10. Nothing against Vinnie D. but if you want a guy to show you what he can really do then you have to give him consistent minutes and play him down the stretch even in close games. I believe Tyrus is going to have a breakout season with the Bulls trying to fill the scoring void left by Ben Gordon. Every one thinks Rose will fill that, but lets get real he is great but not God The numbers will come from everybody watch for Thomas to blow up this season (I hope).



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