Five players who enjoyed brilliant breakout seasons in 2015/16

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The NBA season has come to an end and we now have time to reflect on what was a brilliant campaign of basketball.

Of course, the Cleveland Cavaliers take all the plaudits for their incredible comeback win over the Golden State Warriors in the Finals.

However, there are a number of players who really showed their true class throughout the season and are on the cusp of achieving something very special. GiveMeSport looked at five of the biggest breakout stars of the year.

Steven Adams

The center from New Zealand did not really take off until the postseason, but it was worth the wait for Oklahoma City Thunder fans as he - alongside Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant - led the charge as they pushed the Golden State Warriors all the way.

Ultimately, sacrificing a 3-1 lead in the Conference Finals is a disappointing way to end the campaign but the signs are now there that Adams can become one of the dominant big men in the league.

He caused the combination of Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut all kinds of problems and averaged 10.1 points and 9.5 rebounds during the playoffs, that was up from eight and 6.7 in the regular season and 7.7 points and 7.5 rebounds in 2014/15.

C.J. McCollum

A list of breakout players would not be complete without the Most Improved Player of the season. C.J. McCollum was a huge part of the Portland Trail Blazers' unexpected success as he formed a brilliant backcourt partnership with Damian Lillard.

After losing four of their starting five during the offseason of 2015, McCollum stepped up to the plate and established himself as a sharpshooting guard.

Having averaged 6.8 points per game while dropping just 0.9 three-point shots a night at a 39.6 percent success rate in his 15.7 minutes of action, he upped his output to 20.8 points and shot 41.7 percent from range, dropping 2.5 a night, and spending 34.8 minutes per outing on the hardwood.

Jordan Clarkson

Despite the Los Angeles Lakers winning just 17 games in the season, Jordan Clarkson was among a trio of youngsters who showed signs that the future could be bright for the purple and gold.

After D'Angelo Russell was drafted in 2015, Clarkson shifted from point guard to shooting guard and really showcased his immense talents.

His points per game went up from 11.9 to 15.5 while his rebounding also improved. Assists dropped, but that was only natural having sacrificed the one spot. His effective field goal percentage also slightly increased from 48 to 48.3.

Andre Drummond

He has been a superstar in the making since being drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 2012, but Andre Drummond really took his play to another level as he claimed All-Star honours for the first time in his career.

The dominant center has averaged a points and rebounds double-double for three consecutive seasons but he produced career bests in each category as the Pistons reached the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Drummond had 16.2 points a night, an increase on his previous best of 13.8 while his rebounds were at 14.8, up from 13.5 in 2014/15. He led the league with 66 double-doubles and was a 52.2 percent shooter from inside the three-point line.

Rodney Hood

The Utah Jazz came within a whisker of reaching the playoffs and Rodney Hood was part of a young roster that is really beginning to give fans in Salt Lake City hope.

They missed out on postseason action on the final day of the season as the Houston Rockets recorded a win over the Sacramento Kings.

Hood made 79 starts for Utah this season compared to just 21 the year before and dropped 14.5 points per game to go with his 2.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds. His effective field goal percentage was 50.3.


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