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NBA Power Rankings: The Breakthrough Performances of All 30 Teams

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NBA Power Rankings: The Breakthrough Performances of All 30 Teams
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It's more fun watching a player who was expected to ride the pine in the NBA succeed than it is to watch LeBron James or Dwight Howard do exactly what everyone thought he would do. At least I think so.

Gilbert Arenas picking No. 0 because scouts told him he would get zero playing time in the league, only to go on and become a perennial All-Star, is what sport is all about.

Franchises are also judged on their ability to find hidden gems late in the draft. Any GM can draft the best player in the country at the top of the draft (well, maybe not Joe Dumars), but it's more important to make the later picks count. The players are out there.

Here is a look at some of the best breakthrough performances through the midpoint of the 2010-2011 season.

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