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3. Javale McGee, Denver Nuggets
Javale McGee has been one of the most criticized players in the NBA the past few seasons. He came in and outplayed his expectations as a late first round draft pick. However, Javale has always been questioned due to his focus, basketball IQ, and maturity. With a full season as a Nugget, improvement under George Karl and security with a new contract, I expect Javale to take a big step forward.
2. Evan Turner, Philadelphia 76ers
Evan Turner was a superstar in college at Ohio State, but has thus far disappointed ever since being taken second overall by the 76ers. This year, the Sixers are a team heavily in need of a primary scorer, and it may be time that Turner steps to the plate. In addition, Turner should be able to play his more natural position with the departure of the far too similar Andre Iguodala. With the increased role and increased opportunity, I think Turner will turn some heads.
1. Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns
Goran Dragic returns to Phoenix this season—the team where he started his career. Last season, Dragic was stuck behind Kyle Lowry in Houston, but now has the opportunity to be the starting point guard on a team that needs a presence. Last season for Houston, Dragic started 28 games. In those games, he averaged 18 points, 8.4 assists, 49% from the field and 38% from three. If Dragic can put up anywhere near these numbers in Phoenix, he may get some looks for the All-Star team.