Friday , Aug , 10 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Five Slept-On Future NBA Stars: Leandro Barbosa, Andrea Bargnani, Andrew Bynum, Jose Calderon, & Daniel Gibson

I like all the players on CNNSI’s list. However, a few players were left off or omitted from Generation Next, so I thought I would produce an honorable mention of slept-on potential stars. These guys are a notch below CNNSI’s list, but have the potential to become a prime-time, future star …

CNNSI recently listed off ten NBA players on the verge of stardom:
 

  • Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls.
  • Deron Williams, Utah Jazz.
  • Al Jefferson, Boston Celtics.
  • Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers.
  • Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks.
  • Gerald Wallace, Charlotte Bobcats.
  • Tyson Chandler, New Orleans Hornets.
  • Brandon Roy, Portland Trail Blazers.
  • Kevin Martin, Sacramento Kings.
  • Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors.

My Quick Take: I like all the players on CNNSI’s list. However, a few players were left off or omitted from Generation Next, so I thought I would produce an honorable mention section with five slept-on potential stars. These guys are currently a notch below CNNSI’s list, but have the potential to become a prime-time, future star:

Slept-on Potential Stars:

  • Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix Suns: The Brazilian Blur is an established semi-star after winning the sixth man award. But there’s more to ‘s game. And he never gets enough credit. Could his attacking style land him in the All-Star game next season?

  • Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors: at 21years old is an evolved version of Dirk Nowitzki. Even Nowitzki agrees that the Raptors’ rookie is as tight as David Hasselhoff’s last CD. Bargnani will become unstoppable if he develops his mid-range game and gets a little tougher.
  • Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers: Too bad about the Kobe cell phone video. has certainly had an up-and-down first two seasons in the NBA, but all the tools are there. He just needs some more touches and confidence to develop into a 15 point, 10 rebound center. Maybe more!
  • Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors: The Spanish lead guard took a giant step in his second NBA season; in fact, many Raptor fans feel he’s the team’s point guard of the future, not T.J. Ford. He plays with a lot of confidence, which is so important for point guards. If he gets a starting gig, will quickly become a top eight table-setter.
  • Daniel “Boobie” Gibson, Cleveland Cavaliers: One year wonder or the re-incarnation of B.J. Armstrong? Only time will tell. But gave us some nice flashes during the NBA playoffs.

Who do you see as a potential NBA star? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts?

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