Well that proverb also stands in NBA where the rookie season sets the tone for a successful Pro career. And while the third-year is also given due importance owing to the exponential progress being expected of rising stars, many forget what lines in between and defines the crucial level of confidence required to move up the ladder.
The sophomore year serves as the period when the rising young talent gets to execute and accordingly improve the key lessons obtained in the rookie campaign. It is the backbone to build on the rookie campaign and finally breakout of that cocoon into the experienced world based on nothing more than talent, and self-determination.
Although any major high-end performances can’t be expected this season due to the limits of the rookie class of 2011, we still have our three top picks for potential players with breakout sophomore campaigns ahead of them in the 2012-2013 season.
- Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Klay Thompson’s versatile skill set will serve the Golden Warriors tremendously in case of injuries, while his playmaking skills on the offense will saved the team’s skin last season when they were missing a key player.
- Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets are already struggling to find a playmaker and if Kenneth Faried pulls back at this crucial time, the Denver Nuggets, who already lack some sort of charismatic player will lose the battle on the half-courts. But if he implements himself, Kenneth Faried could always sep into some small forward role to ensure the continuity of game for Denver Nuggets.
- Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
However, with Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan already in tehthelineup, Greg Popvich could ease Kawhi Leonard into developing his playmaker skills during the sophomore year.