Tuesday, September 7, 2010

5 Players Most Likely to Have Breakout Seasons

The following is a list of players we feel have the best chance of making a huge statistical leap next season.

1. Darren Collison: You could say Collison made the leap in his rookie year when Chris Paul went down. Now that he's on the Pacers, he'll have the opportunity to put up those gaudy numbers for a whole season. Although Danny Granger will be the go-to scorer, Collison should be the second option. He's got a great opportunity to, at the very least, match his stats as a starter last season.

2. Jrue Holiday: The question going into last season was whether Holiday could run the point as he primarily played off the ball at UCLA. Holiday passed his point guard test with flying colors. What was impressive about Holiday is how he got better as the season went on. With a year under his belt, Holiday is primed to take that next step.

3. Kevin Love: Love is already one of the best offensive rebounders in the NBA and his all-around game could make him one of the best power forwards in the league if he continues to improve. Love has a solid inside game and the ability to stretch the floor with his long range shooting. Now that Al Jefferson has been traded, Love could be one of the primary offensive options for the Timberwolves next season.

4. J.J. Hickson: With Lebron James and Zydrunas Ilgauskas off to South Beach, Hickson should take on an increased role in Cleveland. Hickson is a great athlete with the ability to rebound and block shots. His offensive game needs work, but with increased minutes he could get a chance to shine and put up the best numbers of his young career.

5. Terrence Williams: Williams had a very solid rookie season and he should take on an increased role next season. He's likely to be the starting small forward to start the year and he's one of the few players in the league that can give you production in a number of categories. We know he can score, but Williams is also a great rebounder for his size and he can dish. He'll even get a steal every now and then. With a year of experience under his belt and a bigger role on a rebuilding Nets squad, Williams is a player primed to have a big year.

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