Much like Jeremy Lin or James Harden there are a few players every year who make the jump from virtually unknown to borderline All-Star.
Some of the players on this list are more well known, and could improve to being an All-Star talent. Others are under-the-radar players that could break out by the end of the 2012-13 season.
3. Greg Monroe
The center from the Detroit Pistons, Monroe averaged 15..4 points per game and 9.7 rebounds last season. If his numbers were to stay where they were, Monroe would still be a valuable player. If he can increase his production even a little, Monroe will be one of the best centers in the game.
In a league where there are so few quality centers, Monroe represents a bright future at the position. While his game isn’t flashy, it is effective and should continue to improve over the next few years.
2. Tristan Thompson
Often seen as a probable bust being drafted at No. 4, Thompson continually improved during his rookie year. After starting slow, his scoring and rebounding both increased after the All-Star break, as he earned more minutes in the Cleveland rotation.
As Thompson and Kyrie Irving continue to grow together, Thompson’s role in the offense should grow as well. Next year I expect him to average a double-double, and help the Cavaliers improve into a fringe playoff team.
1. MarShon Brooks
With the Nets moving to Brooklyn they are looking for stars to promote to the new fans. With Deron Williams possibly leaving in free agency, it hasn’t left many stars in Brooklyn. One is MarShon Brooks, the young shooting guard who can score with the best n the league.
Brooks has been trying to add muscle this offseason to give himself more scoring options on offense. Brooks currently looks like the starting shooting guard, but could also be used in the sixth-man role. With his high-scoring potential, Brooks