Every year, there are players who just don’t get an opportunity to succeed in their rookie years. For some players, the transition is too big for them to grasp in one year. For others, they are playing behind a well-established player who is taking away minutes from them. There are some players who play for coaches that have an aversion to playing rookies for no apparent reason.
Whatever the reason, there are many sophomore players who do well once they break out of the shell of being “rookies.” Two examples: Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Lin. They were not given opportunities to succeed in their first seasons, but they broke out in their second seasons.
Here are five such players who could make that jump based on their Summer League performances.