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San Antonio Spurs: 5 Breakout Candidates for 2014-15 NBA Season

San Antonio Spurs: 5 Breakout Candidates for 2014-15 NBA Season

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The San Antonio Spurs have been an organization noted to make seemingly average players formidable role players. Every year, it seems as if a different player on the Spurs' roster breaks out, helping San Antonio achieve the success NBA fans have become accustomed to watching. Knowing this, let's take a look at the top five candidates to break out for the Spurs next season.

5. Jeff Ayres

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5. Jeff Ayres

Jeff Ayres San Antonio Spurs
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Listed at 6-foot-11 and 250 pounds, Jeff Ayres certainly has the size to be an effective low-post presence. In limited minutes for the Spurs last season, Ayres demonstrated that he is capable of rebounding at a high-level, averaging 3.5 rebounds per game last season in only 13 minutes per game. If Ayres can find more minutes, he may be a solid contributor in the paint, as he shot 58 percent from the field last year.

4. Kyle Anderson

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4. Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson UCLA San Antonio Spurs 2014 NBA Draft
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With the 30th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Spurs selected Kyle Anderson from UCLA. Many experts thought that Anderson would have gone before pick No. 30, but he somehow fell to San Antonio. Anderson fits the San Antonio mold, possessing an elite passing ability and versatility that Gregg Popovich will certainly utilize. Anderson's lack of speed is a glaring question mark, but San Antonio finds ways to hide their players' weaknesses.

3. Cory Joseph

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3. Cory Joseph

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With Patty Mills slated to be out for much of the upcoming regular season, Cory Joseph will be the backup point guard. Joseph, a 2009 first-round draft pick, was expected to be the backup point guard last season until Mills jumped him on the depth chart with his impressive play. Mills managed to start 19 games for the Spurs last season, however, only averaging 8.3 points per game and shooting 46.2 percent from the field in those starts.

2. Tiago Splitter

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2. Tiago Splitter

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Tiago Splitter was granted a massive contract last offseason, and he is slated to make $ 26 million in the next three seasons. The Spurs clearly see potential in Splitter, who has displayed an ability to finish in unique ways at the rim off of the pick-and-roll, a staple of San Antonio's offense. Splitter, who averaged only 21.5 minutes last year, posted 10.3 rebounds per 36 minutes last season.

1. Austin Daye

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1. Austin Daye

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Taken with the 15th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Austin Daye has yet to produce at a high enough level to warrant that selection. Still, Daye has been unappreciated from behind the arc the past few years, shooting 38.2 percent last season from deep for San Antonio. The Spurs chose to retain Daye this offseason, making it the best chance Daye will have to finally salvage his career.

Nicholas Sciria is a San Antonio Spurs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Nick_Sciria, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.