At RealGM, a look at why the second-year is often the most important in an NBA player's career and five guys who could break out this season:
The transition between college and the pros is the biggest jump players make in their careers. NCAA teams play 30 to 40-game seasons spread over six months; NBA teams (normally) cram 82 games into the same period of time.
Even players in powerhouse conferences like the Big East only face NBA-caliber competition once or twice per week, while they might face NBA players at their position a handful of times all season. At the next level, they’re facing NBA players every single night.
Against amateur competition, they can coast defensively because they are such superior athletes. There aren’t any 6’9, 275 small forwards with 40 inch verticals barreling down the lane in college, and there certainly aren’t any 6’11, 265 centers with 40 inch verticals annihilating weak shots at the rim.