Of the many freakishly talented players in the NBA, a few are set to have breakout seasons and emerge as stars. Last year, we witnessed Linsanity and this year we can guarantee there will be other players who will set the league ablaze.
It's safe to assume that NBA athletes spend a lot of time preparing for their big moment. They train and practice consistently in hopes that their hard work will finally pay off. For many players, the bitter taste of failure is all the motivation they need to push harder. For others, it's the criticism that they can't do it that pushes them further. They crave the chance to silence their critics and exceed expectations.
Now that the summer has ended and the preseason is soon to come to a close, NBA athletes are gearing up for another 82 game journey to the finals. Of course, basketball fans expect the usual suspects to replicate last season's success, but don't count out the many others who are on the rise.
As we await the start of the 2012-13 NBA season on October 30th, here are four players you can expect to have a breakout season.