The NBA is most exciting when young stars are budding across the league. The talent pool is ridiculous in the Association. Some players are just waiting to sprout into the player they have the potential to be. It is best to take this subject by division since I want to pick a breakout player for every team. The Southeast division teams are the Hornets, Wizards, Hawks, Magic, and Heat. Every team in this division should be better than the year prior. They all, through development or players added in free agency, have bolstered their respective rosters. Fans of these cities should be happy with the direction of their franchises. With some internal growth, playoff hopes should arise or even contention for a title.
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Tyler Herro. I am sick of hearing his name. Not because he killed my Celtics, but because I do not think he is as good as everyone says he is. The Heat are making him nearly untouchable in trades. He was ranked 59th in the league rankings. Over players like DeMar DeRozen, Buddy Hield, and D'Angelo Russell. That is absolutely ridiculous. Those are all-star caliber players being placed under this kid. I was just as impressed as everyone else in his playoff run last year. But even just counting that playoff run, he averaged less point, assists, and rebounds than DeMar. He averaged less points than all of those guys and only shot better percentages than Russell. He is not as good as everyone says he is.
All that being said, for where i think he is, which is third scoring option at best, he should have a breakout season. The expectations for this kid are unachievable this season, but I do see him improving into the player that he was in the playoffs last year. He was composed, and scored with ease throughout every series. I see that trend continuing moving forward. He displayed pick-and-roll ball-handling ability as well, and that would excel him into the most improved player conversation. He is not going to average the 20 per game his die hard fans will have you believe he's going to. His goal should be for around 17 points per contest on similar efficiency as his playoff run. To boot he should be working on his defensive ability so the Heat feel confident keeping him out there in all situations.
Author: Daniel O'Donovan