Every season there are going to be the can't miss players to watch this season. Everyone can't wait to see Westbrook go off as the only star on his team or how the Warriors will play with Durant. Other than those superstars, there's always under the radar players that break through who really progress and make that next step to greatness.
Players such as Isaiah Thomas last year or Andre Drummond. Here are 5 players I think will break through this season.
5. Steven Adams
Unless you've been living under a rock this NBA off-season, you know the Thunder lost Kevin Durant in free agency and traded Serge Ibaka. Adams, who is now 23, progressed last season averaging 8 points per game on 61.3% shooting and 6.7 rebounds in 25 minutes per game. Adams defensive presence was also last season as opponents had a -7.5 worse offensive rating with him on the court.
This season Westbrook will be using Adams and Kanter for pick and rolls, giving them more looks, and Adams will get more minutes now that they lost their other rim protector in Ibaka. The Thunder have a lot of things to prove this season and Adams is one of them.
4. Derrick Favors
Taken 3rd overall back in 2010, Derrick Favors has had a quiet career so far in the NBA but had one of the most underrated seasons last season. Favors averaged 16.4 points per game on 51.5% from the field and 8.1 rebounds.
Favors was really great in only 62 games last season being only one of 5 players to average at least 15 points 8 rebounds 1 block and 1 steal. He fits perfectly with Gobert in the post and could really explode offensively if healthy. Watch out for Favors and the Jazz; him plus Gobert and Hayward make up a dangerous front court.
3. Jabari Parker
Coming off his 1st full season in the NBA, Parker enters a new season with a very interesting situation. Khris Middleton will miss a major part of the season, and this leaves a door open for Jabari to step up as the Bucks top scorer with the Greek Freak running point.
Averaging 14 points off of 49% shooting and 5 rebounds last season, Jabari will get a lot more touches with Giannis driving to the paint and dishing it out. Only taking 35 threes last season I expect Jabari to take more with the lack of other perimeter shooters on the team.
2. Clint Capela
With the Dwight Howard era ending in Houston and the Mike D'Antoni era just beginning, Clint Capela enters a very interesting role. When Capela got his chances last season he really impressed, averaging 7 points and 6.4 rebounds in 19 minutes per game. Now he gets to take over the starting role.
Capela thrives off of being the pick and roll man, and with Harden running point and D'antoni running the offense, Capela will get a lot of opportunities in the post.
1. Dennis Schroder
Schroder steps in this season running the point for the new look Hawks with Dwight Howard at center. Schroder, playing behind Jeff Teague for the past couple seasons, really emerged as a quality player and made it easier for the Hawks to deal Teague.
The Hawks really believe in Dennis and rightfully so, as he averaged 11 points and 4.4 assists per game. If he can become a more efficient shooter from the field he can really make some noise in the league and help the Hawks move in a different direction.