NBA Season Preview: Tyreke Evans and Studs That'll Enjoy Bounce-Back Seasons
Forget the past because the future is a wide-open frontier filled with success.
At least, that pertains to Tyreke Evans and a few other budding stars that are going to have a huge impact this season.
There is nothing like a redemption story to make you feel great about the state of the NBA. We have highlighted some talented men that will prove they are not yet done growing as NBA stars.
In the case of Tyreke Evans, it will be a mere matter of improved personnel and a healthy season. Having the year cut short doesn't hurt either.
Don't cal it a comeback, as the next few fellows have always had what it took to amaze and feature on their teams as marquee players.
Various circumstances come into play to make this group of guys the likely candidates for comeback players of the year. They could also fall into the realm of most improved player as they take their games to the next level as Kevin Love did last year.
Either way, it's all about bounce-back as Tyreke Evans and other never-say-die athletes take to the hard floor and give what may be the best seasons of their careers.
We are all excited to finally get the NBA season underway. So many questions are about to be answered in dramatic fashion.
One of the lesser-lauded storylines has to be the players that are going to step up and re-invent their games. These are the tales that keep me coming back as a fan. Here are some bounce-back seasons that will be simply amazing.
5. Josh Childress
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Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic catches up with a very much in focus Childress, who claims he is in a much better place than he was last year, both mentally and physically.
With a better knowledge of the system and a clean bill of health, J-Chill is ready to actually start making some shots. If he does, he could be the surprise of the season.
4. Josh Howard
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Here is my one reach into the bag of hopes and dreams. It remains to be seen how healthy Josh Howard will be in Utah, or for how long he can stay healthy.
If healthy, Howard is a gem of a find for the Jazz, who could have a silent star in their midst.
3. Paul George
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The Pacers have a star in the making with Paul George, who wasn't the sexiest player out of NBA rookies last year but showed tremendous promise.
The turnovers will have to subside, but the talent is no-doubt there. Now, we will temper our excitement, but George scored 17 in the Pacers' first preseason game.
The scoring will have to be shared when David West features in the lineup, but this is a good sign that George is on the right side of maturing in the NBA.
2. James Harden
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We come to the player that will cross the tenuous line from bounce-back to breakout. Harden has quietly been a blessing for the Thunder as a guard who brings balance and poise to an at-times frantic attack.
John Hollinger is smitten with Harden's chances of breaking out in a big way this season. In his breakdown of Harden, Hollinger writes:
Harden's post-trade numbers last season are particularly promising. After Jeff Green was shipped out and Harden became the third option, the Thunder guard averaged better than 22 points per 40 minutes and nearly five free-throw attempts per game.
This is the season that Harden gets far more love for his offensive prowess than his beard, although I will continue to laud the best facial hair in the NBA as such.
1. Tyreke Evans
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Tyreke Evans had an amazing rookie year, only to suffer the sophomore slump. Evans suffered with a nagging plantar-fasciitis injury and didn't have the same consistent drive to the basket.
Another year for him, and the maturing youth in the Kings organization should see him duplicate and build on the fantastic start he had in his rookie season.
I would go so far as to say that we will be talking about Tyreke Evans as a possible all star with a fast start from the budding star. He is one exciting talent that I can't wait to see.
The time off should have done him well to get healthy and hungry to begin with a bang.