Every year, several young NBA stars emerge out of hiding. Many had previously flashed significant upside or carried a draft status that would suggest eventual stardom, leaving fans and franchises waiting on pins and needles for that sudden eruption. Well, as luck would have it, I’ve already put together a list of players who are destined to take that next step in their development during the 2017-18 campaign. You’re welcome for taking the guesswork out of it.
The following 20 rising stars have already given us glimpses of the greatness they’re capable of. This upcoming season, we’re going to witness just what happens when they’re given the opportunity to put their immense talents to good use. Keep in mind that I don’t consider rookies as breakout candidates, so this list will include no first-year players.