2008-09 All-Breakout Team
Old 10-20-2008, 10:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2008-09 All-Breakout Team: Time to step up
By John Hollinger
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Yep, it's that time again. With a new season a week away and my picks already signed, sealed and delivered, there's only one item left on the preseason agenda: the All-Breakout team.

This is the fourth edition of the All-Breakout squad, and the stakes have never been higher in the wake of the success of last year's squad -- 11 of the 20 players on it earned votes for the NBA's Most Improved Player award, including MVP runner-up Chris Paul and midlife breakout Mike Dunleavy. Of the 20 players, including several midcareer guys, only two were duds: Darko Milicic and Andrea Bargnani. As a precaution, I'll avoid highly touted European 7-footers on this year's squad.

In the interest of full disclosure, other years' teams haven't been quite as accurate as last year's, especially the bomb-laden 2006-07 team. So after raising the bar a year ago, we'll have to see whether I can keep hitting it.

One very unusual candidate is on this year's breakout team. In the past, I've always picked players. But this time, the star breakout candidate isn't a player, nor is it a coach, an executive, or even a team. It's a different entity entirely, but it's one I expect to be vastly improved from a year ago. I'll let the suspense build, however, while you first look through the players on this year's squad. As with a year ago, we've broken them into groups based on where they currently stand heading into this season.
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Old 10-20-2008, 10:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmmm .... no Raptors on that list but Ford gets a mention.

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T.J. Ford, Pacers

Health is always a concern with Ford, but if he can stay upright and Indy stays around .500, there's a good chance he'll be rewarded with an All-Star berth. Last season, a platoon with Jose Calderon on the Raptors limited him to only 23.5 minutes per game, disguising how effective he was overall -- Ford averaged 20.2 points and 10.2 assists per 40 minutes. With his playing time likely to balloon and a faster-paced system to further boost his numbers, he can establish himself as a star.
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Old 10-20-2008, 10:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with Ronnie Brewer on that list. He seems to be stuck in obscurity in Utah but the kid is a player and could be in the running for DPOY this season.

Z-Bo? Even Hollinger's reasoning doesn't make sense to me. Put J.R. Smith in that category too. And I've given up home on Diaw.
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Since when did a Jim O'Brien coached team play a faster-paced style of basketball?
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Not entirely sure how he managed to write that article without mentioning Jermaine O'Neal... especially in the "Veterans who bounce back" section.
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Danny Granger, Randy Foye, Charlie Villanueva, Jeff Green deserve mentioning as well.
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Danny Granger, Randy Foye, Charlie Villanueva, Jeff Green deserve mentioning as well.
danny granger broke out last season.
he's going to be f'in amazing this year though.... pick him in any nba fantasy pool you're in. trust me.
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Since when did a Jim O'Brien coached team play a faster-paced style of basketball?
Since TJ Ford arrived.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Since when did a Jim O'Brien coached team play a faster-paced style of basketball?
Actually - since the Pacers wanted Sam Mitchell, and O'Brien promised his version of Sam Mitchell.
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Did I miss Salmons in this article or ?

If anyone is gonna break out its him, with all the minutes hes gonna get and having to be the 2nd scorer now.
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Old 10-22-2008, 02:19 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm surprised no one had named Boozer to the All-Breakout Team...

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