The Sacramento Kings will enter the 2012-13 NBA season with one of the youngest roster in the NBA. They have several players who are looking to break out and make a name for themselves in the NBA. Listed below are five players who could have breakout seasons this upcoming year.
Fredette had a very disappointing rookie season and fans have to hope he improves in his second year. In 61 games Jimmer averaged 7.6 points and 1.8 assists per game. Minutes will be tough to come by, but the team needs to find some way to get Jimmer on the court. Once he gets on the court, Jimmer has to show that he worked in the offseason to improve his game and continue to earn minutes. Sacramento fans sure hope that he can turn it around this year.
Brooks was out of the NBA last year but could look to take advantage of his offseason signing in Sacramento. Brooks was a very good player when he last played in the NBA. Brooks is still just 27 years old and has never really had a chance to get a great chance with a team. If Aaron can play near his 2009-10 level where he averaged 19.6 points and 5.3 rebounds, Sacramento will be thrilled and this will prove to be a great signing.
Thompson received a hefty contract in the offseason and will need to play well to live up to it. He is still just 26 years old and is coming off of a good season. He's a serviceable big man and had a season where he averaged 9.1 points and 6.9 rebounds in the shortened 2011-12 season.
Johnson is one of the few newcomers to the team this season. The reason he could be in for a breakout year is because of his defense. Johnson is arguably the best defensive player on the roster and his play on defense will make it difficult to keep him off the court.
Thornton averaged 18.7 points per game, but has flashed signs of being a much better player. If he can put it all together, Thornton could be one of the elite shooting guards in the NBA. Many fans forget that Thornton just turned 25 years old and still has has best basketball in front of him. If he can emerge this year, it could go a long way towards helping Sacramento become respectable again.
Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and a lifelong fan of the Sacramento Kings. He started going to Kings games at age six and has attended hundreds of games since.
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