There are plenty of players across the league’s landscape that are poised for a breakout season in 2018-19.
With that in mind, CBS Sports compiled a list of 10 players poised to break out this season.
DEVIN BOOKER, PHOENIX SUNS
From CBS Sports: “He needs to get his buckets with more efficiency, dedicate himself to defence and use his offensive skills to make his teammates better. Basketball nerds might pick on him too much — he’s just 21! — but their criticisms are valid: It’s not great when a team is outscored by 10 points per 100 possessions with its franchise player is on the floor.”
MYLES TURNER, INDIANA PACERS
From CBS Sports: “The ideal version of Turner is a dominant rim protector who can also be trusted to defend the perimeter. A diversified offensive game would be helpful, too — his shooting makes him a threat, but the Pacers would love for him to earn more touches and finish better on the inside. It’s all possible.”
DEJOUNTE MURRAY, SAN ANTONIO SPURS
From CBS Sports: “If he becomes a more confident, decisive offensive player, stardom could be in reach… With Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili out of the picture, there should be plenty of room for Murray to expand his game within San Antonio’s offence.”
PASCAL SIAKAM, TORONTO RAPTORS
From CBS Sports: “Aside from his work ethic and his strong summer, there is another reason to expect more from Siakam: his new coach. A nurse is a man who will not be afraid to try new things or play weird lineups. He will explore all the options that the Raptors’ roster gives him, and that means a versatile oddball like Siakam should be given ample opportunities to show what he can do.”
TAUREAN PRINCE, ATLANTA HAWKS
From CBS Sports: “Trae Young and Jeremy Lin should be the lead playmakers here, and Prince should get a chance to operate as a secondary creator. His breakout might not involve averaging way more than the 14.1 points he did last season — it is more about him proving that he is a winning player with a well-rounded game.”