The NBA season is in jeopardy right now, as we have already learned that there will be some missed games. Neither the owners nor players are moving closer to a deal that would finally put an end to the lockout.
However, I am still optimistic that there will be a compromise and that the NBA season will turn out looking like it did in 1999, when there were only 50 games played. The NBA's popularity is only growing, so I find it hard to believe that both sides will be content with missing an entire season. There is still a great chance at having an NBA shortened season, and all seasons come with their new set of breakout players.
Many players will be able to improve tremendously this year, and here are 12 of those players who should find themselves having much improved seasons.