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10 Young Guns Who Could Become Stars in 2014-15 NBA Season

10 Young Guns Who Could Become Stars in 2014

Nerlens Noel
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The 2014 NBA Draft was one of the deepest drafts we have seen in quite some time. Since the draft was filled with a bunch of talent, it would not be a surprise if some of the players had an instant impact in the NBA. Outside of this summer’s draft, there are plenty of young players who are ready to breakout. With that said, let’s take a look at 10 young guns who could become stars in the 2014-15 NBA season.

10. Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic

Victor Oladipo
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10. Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic

Victor Oladipo
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This past season’s rookies weren’t the best that this sport has ever seen, but some players did stick out. One of those players was Victor Oladipo. He put up 13.8 points per game. The guard was definitely one of the better rookies and he should have an even better season in year two.

9. Terrence Jones, Houston Rockets

Terrence Jones
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9. Terrence Jones, Houston Rockets

Terrence Jones
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The Houston Rockets have Dwight Howard and James Harden on the team, so it is kind of hard to stick out. However, Jones started 71 games and scored 12.1 points per contest in the process.

8. Jared Sullinger, Boston Celtics

Jared Sullinger
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8. Jared Sullinger, Boston Celtics

Jared Sullinger
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Jared Sullinger is a young talent who the Boston Celtics definitely need to hold on to. He had a semi-breakout season in 2013-14, dropping 13.3 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game. His game is only going to get better.

7. Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

Marcus Smart
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7. Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

Marcus Smart
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Marcus Smart’s success in his rookie season could depend on Rajon Rondo. If the Celtics trade their star guard, Smart could take his spot in the starting lineup. Smart is one of the more NBA-ready rookies and he can do a number of different things.

6. Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers

Julius Randle
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6. Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers

Julius Randle
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Who knows what the Los Angeles Lakers will look like at the start of the 2014-15 season, but landing Julius Randle in the 2014 NBA Draft is going to really pay off. Right away. Randle is one of the most NBA-ready rookies and he could find himself in the starting five right off the bat.

5. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

Kawhi Leonard
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5. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

Kawhi Leonard
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Kawhi Leonard was the Finals MVP, so some fans may argue that he is already a star. However, expect the 23-year-old to have a much better regular season. An All-Star appearance is definitely not out of the question for him either.

4. Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons

Andre Drummond
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4. Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons

Andre Drummond
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Andre Drummond started 81 games last season. He also averaged a double-double (13.5 points per game, 13.2 rebounds per game). Who knows if the Pistons will be contenders, but Drummond will be one of the most productive big men in the game either way.

3. Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers

Nerlens Noel
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3. Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers

Nerlens Noel
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Nerlens Noel has yet to play a game in the NBA, but he was the No. 1 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class for a reason. Noel is already off to a great start in the summer league and that will transition over to the real season.

2. Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks

Jabari Parker
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2. Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks

Jabari Parker
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Who knows how Jason Kidd will do as the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, but his success could depend on how Jabari Parker does. Parker is arguably the most NBA-ready rookie in the league. The former Duke star will meet expectations and he will meet them right away.

1. Andrew Wiggins, Cleveland Cavaliers

Andrew Wiggins
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1. Andrew Wiggins, Cleveland Cavaliers

Andrew Wiggins
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Andrew Wiggins may not be as ready as Parker, but he is still a very good player right now. Plus, his potential is very, very high. The Cavs could land LeBron James this offseason, which could take a lot of pressure off of Wiggins, but he will become a star in year one no matter what.

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.