NBA: 5 Breakout Stars for the 2012-13 Season

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NBA: 5 Breakout Stars for the 2012-13 Season
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Today's professional athletes enjoy a shelf life that lies somewhere between bananas and Tyler Perry movies.

In other words, this could prove to be a long year for the media darlings of last season—Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow.

But, it's this same immediacy that allows players breakout seasons.

If an average player posts a good stretch, some media members will take notice. If a good player suddenly appears great, ESPN will roll out highlight reel after highlight reel.

The players on this list have enjoyed varying amounts of success during their NBA careers. But all five players look poised to boost their stock (and subsequent Twitter presence) in the 2012-13 NBA season.

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