The '09-'10 NBA Season: Which Athletes Will Rise to Stardom?

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IAugust 6, 2009

HOUSTON - APRIL 30:  Guard Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on April 30, 2009 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

In every sport known to man there is always a point in time when the greats must retire and the young must rise. 

In the NBA, young talent infects each and every organization out there. A select few of young players are relied heavily upon to improve their overall game, learn everything their veteran surroundings offer them, and eventually take the responsibility of leading their team.

Just take a look at Dwyane Wade.

Drafted in 2003, Wade entered a team with young talent. Alongside of Flash were players like Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, and Udonis Haslem.

After an excellent rookie season, Wade improved dramatically during his sophomore year, obtaining literally every bit and piece of veteran information out there.

By his third year, the Heat acquired Shaq and unlike most young players, Wade already possessed the leadership to bring his team to victory.

Once the Heat won the championship during the '05-'06 season, Wade leaped from a young All-Star with not much experience to a top tier NBA player with Super-stardom written all over him.

Getting back to the upcoming season, which budding athletes have the heart and determination within them to step up and ascend to that elite level this year?

Brandon Roy

Already known as an established All-Star, B-Roy undoubtedly has the talent and ability to emerge to that elite level.

Entering just his fourth season in the league at the young age of 25, Roy has seen an improvement in virtually every statistical category from the minute he first stepped foot onto the NBA court.

With a young nucleus surrounding him, Roy is unquestionably depended upon to hit the big shot and carry his team to success.

As seen already throughout his short career, Roy has proven that ice water runs through his veins during the last seconds of any fourth quarter game.

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