Breakout Warriors

A lot of people in Hoops Nation don't even know who the Warriors are. 12 years of lottery land will do that to a franchise. It's a pleasant surprise to see some hype for some Warrior players for this upcoming season coming from non-Bay Area folk.

From The Sporting News' recent list of candidates for a breakout 2006-2007 season:

Monta Ellis, Warriors. We still might be a year away from Ellis' breakout season, but the guy is going to be good. Drafted out of high school in the second round last year, the only question about Ellis is whether he will put in the work it will take to be an everyday NBA player. A year or two in college probably would have helped him in that area. Still, he showed last year that he does belong in the NBA. He is one of the five quickest guys in the league, and even if he never develops a completely reliable outside shot, he is going to score. With Baron Davis and Jason Richardson in the backcourt, it might be hard for Ellis to get court time, but I suspect that if anyone can find time for him, it's new coach Don Nelson.

From Indy Star's recent list of five NBA players who could break out if given the opportunity:

Andris Biedrins: The 6-11 Latvian forward has averaged 3.7 points over first two seasons. Entered NBA too soon at 18, but at 20 still has plenty of upside. Produced double-double in first start as a rookie. Was 11th pick in 2004 draft.

Monta Ellis: Point guard was member of last class of high school kids able to jump to the NBA. Averaged 6.8 points in 49 games for Golden State, and scored 27 in season finale against Utah. Warriors will trade Derek Fisher to Utah and appear willing to trade Baron Davis to open more playing time for Ellis.

Make sure to check out the rest of these two respected lists for more fun breakout predictions this NBA season.

Monta Ellis (if he can stay healthy) should eventually blossom into a tougher Tony Parker with a better shot and defense. Andris Biedrins (FOUL!)... well, that's another story.

Who are your breakout players for the Warriors this season? How about for the NBA?

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