NBA Primetime: The NBA's 2009-10 Fantasy Basketball Breakout Team
What's better than drafting a fantasy player with upside late in your draft that ultimately ends up breaking out during the season?
In my opinion, not much.
Last season I drafted forward Jeff Green during the 10th round of my draft and he ended up having a breakout season, helping to lead my team to the championship.
This season their are a plethora of fantasy players that have massive potential to break out and become a serious contributor to any fantasy team.
If you want to win your fantasy league and forever hold bragging rights against your buddies, do whatever you can do get these guys onto your squad!
1. Andrea Bargnani (C, TOR)
After gaining much needed experience in the NBA, 7'0" Italian Andrea Bargnani is finally ready to show his true potential. With the starting center job all his, Bargnani is bound to break out this season and post averages close to 20 points and eight rebounds per game.
In his first game of the season, he dropped 28 points in 30 minutes of play, and that is definitely a sign of what's to come. This sharp-shooter will enjoy a career year this season and will also help out fantasy teams tremendously.
2. Anthony Randolph (PF, GSW)
In 890 career minutes Randolph has averaged 21.3 points, 15.5 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks per 48 minutes. He is one of only a handful of players to do put up numbers like that since his rookie season. With the starting job his to lose, Randolph should be able to put up stellar averages this year.
3. Jason Thompson (PF, SAC)
After averaging 11.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game during his rookie campaign last season, power forward Jason Thompson is in for a huge year. With inflated minutes, Thompson can quickly emerge as a top-tier forward in the NBA, producing off the chart double-doubles per game.
4. Luis Scola (PF, HOU)
With T-Mac out for a few months and Yao Ming out for the entire season, forward Luis Scola is headed for a career-high in minutes per game. Since entering the league three years ago, Scola has improved in points, rebounds, and assists per game, as well as field goal percentage. In addition, he has yet to miss a NBA game in his two-year career. If Scola is available in your draft after the sixth round, he is definitely the guy to grab before you regret it all season long.
5. Hakim Warrick (SF, MIL)
When given consistent playing minutes in Memphis, forward Hakim Warrick averaged close to a double-double per game. In Milwaukee, Warrick will get an opportunity to start and post career-highs all across the board. If Warrick is still around during the ninth and 10th round of your draft, snag him, as he could win the Most Improved Player Award this year.
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