The next big thing

Updated: September 28, 2004, 5:02 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
Training camps get underway next Tuesday – and we'll finally get our first real look at who spent their their summer vacation sipping gin and juice by the pool and who spent the offseason improving their game.

For a number of top young players in the league, the opportunity to break out from obscurity to stardom is there for the taking in October.

Last year it was young players like Zach Randolph, Andrei Kirilenko, Carlos Boozer and Ronald Murray who came on strong. This year?

In the spirit of the preseason and the optimism that exudes from just about everywhere, Insider examined depth charts, summer league performances and talked to NBA GMs and coaches to find 10 players who could be on the brink of breakout seasons.

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider

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