Every season in the NBA, we see players break out and elevate their status around the league. Whether it be former high draft picks who are on the verge or players with lower profiles ready to take advantage of an increased opportunity, there are breakout candidates at each position for the 2014-15 season.
There are a few important qualifications to establish when selecting the candidates, however. For the sake of this exercise, we’ll only select players who have never been selected to an All-Star Game.
For example, even though New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis may have another level to hit, he’s already considered one of the league’s best players. John Wall may be poised to have the best year of his career and establish himself as one of the top three point guards in the league, but again, his breakout campaign was probably last year.
For this list, we’ll focus on players who should make the leap and be seen in a whole new light once the 2014-15 season is over. We’ll also pick a player at each position, a new Sixth Man of the Year candidate, and a coach who should raise his stock as well.
Any stats are from Basketball-Reference.com and are accurate as of Aug. 4.