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The Starting 5: Breakout Players

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The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet 

1. 10 promising NBA youngsters poised for a big breakout in 2016 – SB Nation NBA Staff

The SB Nation NBA Staff takes a look at 10 players who they believe will break out in the coming season. There are 19 bonus players added at the end, but this is an interesting look (especially for fantasy basketball players) on who will take the next step in their NBA career. My personal pick is C.J. McCollum, who surprisingly didn’t make the list, even though Dion Waiters did. Hmm. Read more above.

2. CBA Encyclopedia: Mid-Level Exceptions – Danny Leroux, RealGM 

Have you ever wanted to know how trade exceptions work? If someone says, “mid-level exception,” are you completely lost? Well you’re in luck. Danny LeRoux from RealGM explains the different mid-level exceptions of the collective bargaining agreement and explains what the purpose of these exceptions are (hint: it’s just a way for teams to add more talent).

3. Anthony Bennett pursues stability with time running out – Chris Manning, Hardwood Paroxysm

The former No. 1 pick hasn’t had the career expected of No. 1 picks, although he’s not a complete bust just yet. While he’s been at the heart of many jokes, Bennett has slowly been improving and has shown some flashes of why he was the No. 1 pick three years ago. Still, while Bennett is still young, he hasn’t made much of an impact in the league and could very well be headed towards the average NBA career (five years). Chris Manning at Hardwood Paroxysm writes on what can be expected from Bennett in the future.

4. Ed Davis’ streamlined offense could benefit Portland Trail Blazers – David MacKay, Blazer’s Edge 

While the Blazers overhauled their roster this offseason, they picked up some nice young talent. One of their acquisitions was Ed Davis, who showed what he was capable of with the dysfunctional 2014-15 Lakers. For Portland fans, it’s exciting to now have two big men capable of rolling and finishing a lob (Mason Plumlee and Davis). David MacKay from Blazer’s Edge dives into what the offense will look like with the new acquisition.

5. Hidden gem Kyle O’Quinn is set to bust out for the Knicks – Jonathan Schulman, Posting and Toasting 

Jonathan Schulman writes on what new Knick Kyle O’Quinn will bring to the table. The Knicks seem to be perpetually adding and removing players from their roster, but O’Quinn brings some interesting qualities that could really benefit the Knicks.

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