Nets Preview: Fratello on Breakout Players
Coach Mike Fratello falls mostly into the second category, so when we asked him to name a few players he felt were most primed for a breakout season, it was no surprise that his choices were a rookie, a second-year man, and a younger “veteran” who is ready to make the leap from “supplement” to superstar.
No. 1: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
“I know he’s young, but I already think Irving is destined to be one of the future stars of this league; he’s really a talented player, and doesn’t mind the responsibilities of being a point guard and being a star on a team and looks forward to that challenge.”
No. 2: Anthony Davis, New Orleans
“As I mentioned in when I talked about the rookies to watch, Davis was in another class at the collegiate level, and his experience with USA Basketball was huge. I know a lot of people are probably anxious to see how he performs at the next level.”
No. 3: Andrew Bynum, Philadelphia
“If you’re a veteran, you’re a good player, and you’ve probably had a breakout season already, right? I don’t see any veterans who are going to jump from say 18 to 30 points this season, but moving to a new team gives Bynum a chance to shine because he doesn’t have Kobe there and other guys who need shots.”
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