NBA / Aug 12, 2010 / 11:00 am

Top 5 NBA Guards Poised for a Breakout Season

Mario Chalmers

In the NBA, summer is the time for optimism. Every bad team thinks they might have a shot at the playoffs, every good team things they might have a shot at a championship, and every coach assumes his players are hard at work in the gym getting better for next season.

We can’t confirm whether or not the following five players are working as hard as their coaches would like, but based on how they ended last season and the way their teams look on paper, these young guards look to be on-track for a breakout season:

Goran Dragic — Everybody’s favorite Slovenian (sorry Sasha) was the talk of the League for one game in the 2010 playoffs, and is now seen as the future at PG in Phoenix. With more confidence in his game and some time playing with the Slovenian national team in the World Championship, Dragic should come back ready to put up even better numbers.

D.J. Augustin — While everyone is ready for Raymond Felton to breakout in NYC, I would also keep a close eye on D.J. back in Charlotte. Augustin is poised and talented enough to start in the NBA, and he can definitely shoot, but is he ready? I
believe so.

J.J. Redick — More minutes (with the departure of Matt Barnes), more money and for the Orlando Magic, more production. There were times in the playoffs when Stan Van Gundy had Redick on the court during the most important moments of big games, causing Vince Carter to sit the bench. After the Magic matched Chicago’s $19 million offer sheet for Redick in free agency, he knows the team values him.

Mario Chalmers — As soon as Miami brought D-Wade, LeBron and Bosh together, Chalmers was viewed as the new Rajon Rondo. All he has to do is NOT turn the ball over. But just like Rondo did when he first started with the Big Three in Boston, Chalmers will have growing pains. Don’t expect an All-Star type season yet, but Chalmers will get plenty of open threes and rack up a ton of assists to go with his already solid defensive skills.

Eric Gordon — Even if he ultimately doesn’t make the World Championship roster, Gordon should gain confidence from his strong showing with Team USA this summer. And with Blake Griffin healthy and ready to blow up in L.A., Gordon should put up buckets this year. Even if his scoring (16.9 ppg) goes down a little thanks to Griffin demanding more touches, Gordon’s percentages (44.9% FG, 37.1% 3PA) should go up thanks to the open shots he’ll get.

Honorable MentionShannon Brown, Jeff Teague, Rodrigue Beaubois

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  • http://www.dimemag.com Lucas Shapiro

    Jeff Teague! Thanks for mentioning him, he’s bound for big things next season Rey.

  • Yummy32

    Jrue Holiday?

  • JC

    I would consider Darren Collison and Jrue Holiday before Roddy Buckets, considering Roddy’s serious injury.

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    Collison’s breakout season was last season. He’ll just improve on that this year.

  • jawjack

    Tyreke Evans-A lot of folks do not realize that the Kings has gone from a lollypop front line to a big, long, tough and skilled front line that has all the tools to play both D and O. Now with this formidable front line, Evans will begin to explode stat wise. Having some shot blockers behind him alone may result in almost an addition steal a game. Although he showed outstanding endurence for a rookie, having JT, Sammy D, Whiteside, Cousins & Carl Landry up front is almost like having a NFL Offensive lines rather than a front court. I’m not saying that they are the best but teams will be bruised up by these cats each & every game and Tyreke will explode because of it.

  • SJ

    Teague will have a good showing next year. He’s gotta get ready for his little bro the next year, assuming no lockout.

  • http://housethatglanvillebuilt.blogspot.com Reverend Paul Revere

    I agree with Yummy and JC – Jrue Holiday.

  • Alex “Robocop” Murphy

    What about Anthony Morrow? or Raja Bell? (3’s)

  • Chise


  • raytard

    Sasha Vujachic MVP

  • Stunnaboy09

    Chalmbers ain’t doing shit, I predict he loses his job to Miller after a month, how do the Heat not realsie they already have 2 ball handlers who play the point better than Chalmbers? Play Wade at the 1, Miller and Bron on the wing and Bosh and Joel. Have Wade guard the elite 1s and 2s and that team is near unbeatable.

    I’m excited for Teague, Holiday and Dragic. Working with Nash everyday is going to be a MONSTER benefit to everybodies favorite Slovenian. If he went from scrub to role player maybe in 2 more years he turns into a star.

  • Crew Dizzy

    I agree I think Jeff Teague will surprise people. What about Terrence Williams?

  • Rockco

    Ray felton for sure

  • sh!tfaced

    With the Indiana Pacers write up posted out there. Brandon Rush needs a breakout season as well

  • Fan

    Goran Dragic is gonna kill this year.

  • atticus887

    Marcus Thornton. ’nuff said.

  • Aussiedestroya

    Can Patty mills get a contract. If so, I think he has a good chance of becoming a sound backup point guard and average 6pts, 3 assists.