Who do you think the breakout/most improved player of the year will be next year. There are two players I think it could be and they are both Nets. Yi Jianlian and Chris Douglass Roberts will both have breakout seasons next year. They should both get lot of playing time to prove themselves next year expecially is Chris Douglass Roberts can either start at the 2 ahead of Courtney Lee, start at the 3 or be a sixth man.
How about Ryan Anderson, the recently traded forward to Orlando? There isn't a lot of depth on the team, and talented young players tend to flourish on good teams (aka Rajon Rondo, Aaron Brooks, Courtney Lee) and he could find his niche off the bench like Shannon Brown for the Lakers last year.
My breakout player is....Adam Morrison. WIth Ariza gone, Morrison is now the first shooter and SF off the bench.
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Anthony Randolph is going to have a breakout year. He will be the starting power forward for the Warriors and will show the league his sky-high potential.
Brandon Rush is going to have a much improved season, he already has NBA defensive ability and with Granger to carry the scoring load he is a good enough jump shooter to hit the open shot. He was a 15 ppg scorer the last couple weeks of the season as a starter and a 6th man, i don't see why that trend shouldn't continue next year. I won't say breakout performance, but i look at him to improve a lot this season
got to be Yi, more freedom and no worries because they don't have very good frontcourt depth. Yi was playing pretty darn well before his injuryand people have seem to forget that.
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I like Anthony Morrow to have a big year. Warriors will make the playoffs.
dont like putting sophmores as most improved unless its a major improvement, so i would have to say Yi , or Bargnani. and i would consider Adam Morrison also
The way you define breakout player is an important consideration. Are you looking at stats or team contribution? Since the finals a lot of people have talked about Ariza (I know there were people who had better statistical improvements). He is considered to have broken out because of a few non-statistical aspects of his game/situaiton. It was the combination of his D, emerging offense, and his teams success.
There are a lot, but here are a few breakout players to consider:
1) Oden, he is working on his mobility and conditioning which should help his D (both statistically, and through paint intimidation). This will also help his offense (along with his developing postgame, which he is working on). Also, his team has a good shot to do very well next year.
2) I completely agree with the projection that Randolph (Anthony) will break out. He will either be a big part of the Gs game, or be traded (too many teams want him really bad).
3) DeJuan Blair - Second round ... WOOPS!
4) Here's a risky pick ... Darko. He has to be pissed off at how his career has gone, and he has tons of skill, he plays for D'antoni, and he is big and can play in a running game.
Im going to mix it up a bit, and go with Chuck Hayes
The Rockets have NO centers on their roster, and he played as Center in the playoffs against Bynum and Gasol and held his own, he may be 6'6, but so is Dejuan Blair
With Yao gone, and Dikembe retired, hes going to have to step up, and hes going to surprise a few people
West, Gibson, etc-LeBron will draw double teams and Shaq commands huge prescence down low leaving the outside wide open for any of Clevelands shooters, also im praying for Joe Alexander and Greg Oden also Mike Dunleavy if he comes back from injury
BISON i totally agree bout Darko, IMO he will surprise
Mikemike ... you must have followed him in Orlando, and he was still a young kid coming off the bench. After a few years of TGIFridays, and NBA training, and he lands on the knicks. His big controbution will come on D (guessing 2/2.5 blocks a game), and Rebounds (guessing about 10). He might not get over 10 points, but he will be the ignition switch for Mike D's fast breaks.
Hayes may be the only center on their roster but I hope you're talking about a breakout year in rebounding or minutes played because he's about as adept at putting the ball in the basket as Ben Wallace is.
following Darko to see when he will start to show some flashes of his potential, and i really think Dantoni will really help him as well as the tempo of their offense
i think eric gordon will really break out next year. i would say al thornton but he averaged about 17 this year and i can only see him averaging maybe 3 more than las year. but i see gordon really breakin gout and establishing himself as a big time scorer
I like the Darko pick and Randolph picks. I think Adam Morrison most improved is a joke. You have Kobe, Artest, Brown, and others and Morrison will not over take Luke Walton. He will not even overtake the so called Machine because Morrison does not know the triangle well and cant' guard anyone. Morrison will be the next Luke Jackon. I am not trying to be racist but it is funny how some of these white players be getting so hype and consistently do not play well in the NBA. Most of the quality white players in the NBA were not even that hyped. Steve Nash did not come in hyped, Chris Anderson was not hyped, Brad Miller was not even drafted. Kirk Hinrich played well for someone hyped but now people are not feeling with the play of Rose. Steve Blake was not hype and he is a quality player. Robert Swift was hyped and he sucks. Mullens has this going for him, he was not hyped up because people felt like he would be a bust and they may help him actually be something good. Austin Croshere when he played was not hype and he did well until he got that big contract then he fell off. I think for now on Gm's should only picked white players that noone is hype about because the ones that get hyped a big majority of them suck.
Harbrough could be in between because he was kinda hyped but also he was doubted as well.
Luke Walton was a second round pick and he is a solid starter. I am also saying withing the past 15 years or so. I guess people get thinking some dude is the next Larry Bird or something. Kevin Love looks to be another exception though. I will say this a lot of people were hating on him though. If only some people have hated on Morrison that much he may would be saved of this hype curse.
As much as I've ripped Darko for being a draft bust, I still can't ignore his potential and haven't dismissed the fact that he could still break-out. This could be his year. I really think he has the tools, and he should have his best opportunity this season, given his chance and coach.
Look for Greg Oden to also prove he wasn't a mistake to draft over Durant. His numbers won't be better than the man drafted behind him, but I expect him to make strides on both ends of the court and emerge as an NBA force. Tyrus Thomas and J. Noah may also break-out. Thomas has shown improvement and has shown flashes of being a spectacular player. Noah is flexing new found muscle and after coming to camp out of shape the past 2 seasons and struggled. This year is in shape and a starter as the season begins.
I really like Tyrus Thomas to improve also....that was a good choice maravich44
I kind of see Noah as a Marcus Camby type who actually gets better with age once he settles into his game. Tyrus Thomas just need to figure out what he wants to be because he is between positions. Oden will be a solid big who will wreck havoc on offense and defense but he will never put up better numbers than Durant though but he will be just as effective in his own way.
Andrea Bargniani ... He is borderline, because he kind of started breaking out last year. This year, he could really break out however. This being said, he has to break out in certain ways to be breakout player. Andrea will be a breakout player IF:
1) He improves his rebounding significantly (getting at least 8-10 a game)
2) He improves upon the steps he made last year in his D. Last year he got a lot tougher in the paint, and began blocking some shots. To break out he has to improve in his post D (not measureable) and Blocks (2 or higher).
3) Gets his FG% (not 3pt FG) above 48%, and in-line with the top PF/Cs of the league.
He will improve his rebounding and points (he will probably get around 20 per game), but he has to round out his game to be a breakout player. What will make him a true breakout player is if he gan get his skill set rounded enough that the Raps can look to him in 2010/2011 when Bosh probably leaves (as a Raps fan I have a bad feeling he will).
His weight training last year helped him become more of an American style big, lets see if another summer can see him become a legit NBA Big. He has the potential to be really good!
Bargnani does much better when he plays his more natural power forward position. I think if Bosh is traded he can make the Monta Ellis/ Kevin Martin transition when he goes from being a solid scorer to a 20+ per game scorer. Martin and Ellis were able to dramatically improve their scoring when they got playing time and were playing in their natural spots.
andrea bargnani. i think he's one candidate for MIP. yes hedo comes to the raptors, but i think bargnani has shown his stuff last season. after all star break, he averaged 19.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 1.7 blks. he's not a bad defender, and i watched a game where he had 6 blocks. if mehmet okur became and all-star, why not il mago? he's a lights out shooter, dribbles the ball well and flashy(his undergoal stab was very nice). future all-star!
not only Rose,Mayo,WEstbrook will be good...Randolph could have crazy statistics, but there is question with his coach, also Beasley, a couple 20+15 games give many hopes..also Lopez, he had good season and played 30+minutes but without Carter he could become best offense center in just his sophmore year
lol darko 10reb and 2.5 blks on a team that doesnt know what defense is..lol..whew let me wipe the tears out of my eyes..hes a bust i just have no faith in darko after playing wit 3 teams and still being a bust...could he prove me wrong and raise to the level of a average nba big man..its possible since anything is possible ..people win the lotto so this could happen
This is a late reply to your Darko comment ... was in the bush helping some visitors catch fish ... talking about Darko, understand that he is still quite young, and has the physical ability to be very good.
- He has been through the fire, and has shown some grit recently. For many young players it is overcoming adversity that makes them winners. He has survived some serious adversity in his brief career, and seems to be re-building his game focusing on defence and fundamantals.
- He is still in the league, and GMs (who know players much better than we do) are still quite high on him.
What he needs now is to be in a good system that nurtures his development, and the (D'Antoni led) New York system could easily do this.
Then again, this is the big league and anything can happen, but the table is set for him to develop into a good contributor. His skills will be well used in New York, and his performance could reflect this. Yes this is a projection so anything can happen, but the ingredients are there for him to supprise people.
Tyrus Thomas? He played much better the second half of the season when he got more minutes and he started to add a jump shot near the end of the playoffs. If he gains some weight and gets more min I see him as a 12-15 8-11 guy with 2-3 blocks. He is a force on defense.
he might be going to utah..i can see him puttin gup better numbers since the jazz have a better pg/assist man in dwill
Either way I think he will make the jump and become a better player. He is a poor mans Amare with much better defense.
I'm with Sheltwon on Randolph and Darko.
I really think Danilo Gallinari is poised for an impressive season. Not just because he's a Knick. He is the closest thing that the Knicks have to a go-to guy. He should also bank alot of minutes if he stays healthy with Q gone. I am predicting him to be in the top-5 in 3-point shooting %. He can also dish and grab rebounds.
A darkhorse for the most impoved could be Julian Wright from NO. He has always had great potential combined with excellent size and athleticism. He will play a bigger role for the Hornets this year.
Marcin Gortat!!he's in Mavs an will be 11ppg, 9 rpg, 2 bpg guy!!
Michael Beasley or Nick Young
GREG ODEN WILL BE THE MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR
With Yao gone and T-Mac gone for most of the season. Brooks and Scola are going to have a huge opportunity to improve their play. Brooks is a young star in the league. Scola is a very underrated role player with alot skills. I look for one of the two to own the most improved player of the year for 09-10
I'm with you. I think he will have a breakout season either this or next season. He will be a very good player even if he doesn't live up to all of the expectations.
Greg Oden. I had a chance to see him this summer and he looked AMAZING. He had his explosiveness back and you could just tell he's stronger in the core/lower body. He was quicker, faster and looked A LOT more comfortable in the post. I think he'll be the inside presence Portland needs this year. Another thing I noticed them working on him with was just keeping his arms straight up on defense. He picked up a lot of fouls last season by bringing his arms down.