Predicting 1 Player on Every NBA Team That Will Break Out Next Season

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Predicting 1 Player on Every NBA Team That Will Break Out Next Season
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Becoming a breakout star in the NBA can be as simple as being in the right place at the right time, as that moment when talent and opportunity cross paths can turn a virtual unknown into a household name. 

A prime example of this is Indiana's Paul George. A lottery pick in 2010, George always had the talent to be a star. However, it was the absence of forward Danny Granger that opened the door for George's career-year last season. 

The Fresno State product averaged career-highs in points (17.4 per game), rebounds (7.6) and assists (4.1) on his way to nabbing the NBA's Most Improved Player Award. As the Pacers' new alpha dog, he was a Game 7-win over Miami away from a trip to the NBA Finals. 

Sometimes, a player can emerge by finally putting everything together. Washington's John Wall was a former No. 1 overall pick that had yet to make "the leap." After missing the first few months of the season with a knee injury, Wall had a strong second half and finished with an average of 18.5 points and 7.6 assists a night. 

Forecasting who this year's Paul George or John Wall might be requires a look at which players are in the best position to have a career-year.

It could be another player who is sitting behind an injury-prone starter that's anxiously waiting for his turn. It could also be a young player looking to take advantage of a bump in minutes. It may be a rookie in a good position to take charge on a fledgling team. And perhaps, it could also be a downtrodden talent who is looking to capitalize in his make-or-break year.  

Whether the guys on this list live up to their breakout potential won't be known until around this time next year. For now, though, here is a candidate from each team that has a good chance at having a big year in 2013-14. 

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