Every season there are a handful of players who go from zero to hero. I’ve compiled a list of mostly lesser known players players who I think have the best chance of making a big splash next season.
Rajon Rondo (PG) - Rondo seems to be almost guaranteed to have a big season after the exciting turn of events for the Celtics this summer. Although his jumpshot is weak, he will have plenty of finishers to capitalize on his court vision and speed. Did I mention his freakish rebounding skills for a little man? The Big Three will make him a better player.
Randy Foye (G) - Randy Foye would’ve seriously competed for the ROY award last year if he played starter’s minutes. Dwayne Casey didn’t want to throw him into the fire and he didn’t get as much experience as he should have. Next season I expect him to showcase his innate scoring ability and surprising strength. He should see a much bigger role and might be Minnesota’s best player.
Ronnie Brewer (SG) - Ronnie had a very efficient rookie season and I expect more success to come with more opportunity next season. His defense is great and his athleticism allows him to score with ease around the basket. If he can earn Sloan’s respect then I’m certain he will be a breakout player next year.
Dorell Wright (GF) - Dorell will be entering his 3rd year and I expect big things from him. He is a freak athlete and plays way above the rim. As a starter he averaged 7 rebounds in only 28 minutes last season. He’s one of those (much lesser) Shawn Marion type guys that doesn’t demand the ball to be productive on offense. He is also a good passer and shot-blocker. If Pat Riley gives him a chance next season I know he’ll blow up.
Amir Johnson (F) - Call me a homer but I think Amir is the league’s best kept secret. He is extremely long and fast, and uses this natural abillity to do most of his damage on hustle plays around the basket. At 7′0 tall he is skinny for his frame and can sometimes be out-muscled by bigger forwards. He has some range on his shot and is a fantastic fastbreak finisher. I predict he’s a sixth man of the year canidate if he gets at least 20 minutes.
Louis Admundson (FC) - This guy is an Anderson Varejao that plays good defense and blocks shots like a mad man. Not much of an offensive threat but he makes up for it with his rebounding and hustle. The Sixers are in need of rebounding and defense and they would do well to sign him to a 2 or 3 year deal. Give him the chance and he will produce.