Four young NBA players ready to explode into life next season

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Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Greek Freak enjoyed a breakout in the second half of the 2015/16 season as he recorded his first triple-double. The 21-year-old is expected to be the leading man for the Milwaukee Bucks next year.

The forward turned point guard will have had a full summer of training in his new position, and if his performances at the back end of the previous campaign are anything to go by, he has all of the ability to run the one spot successfully for the Eastern Conference team.

The European talent averaged a career-best 16.9 points, 4.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game and produced five triple-doubles from February onwards. It would come as no surprise to see Antetokounmpo scoop All-Star honours in 2017.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

The eighth pick from 2013 is entering his fourth season with the Detroit Pistons and will be expected to build on his playoff experience from the previous year.

Starting 76 regular season games for the Eastern Conference franchise as they participated in postseason action for the first time in seven years, he averaged 14.5 points at a 42 percent field goal rate. During the series with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he scored 15.3 a game and shot 44.4 percent from deep.

His demeanour in the pressure situation showcases an immense talent, and alongside Andre Drummond, he is prepared to take that next step and establish himself as a real threat in the league.

Dennis Schroder

With Jeff Teague leaving the Atlanta Hawks after six years for the Indiana Pacers, now is the time for the German to finally make the one spot at the Philips Arena his own .

Dennis Schroder has played deputy for three seasons in Georgia but showed signs he was prepared to make the position his own during the 2015/16 campaign. He has started just 16 of his 206 games with the franchise, including six last season as he produced 11 points and 4.4 assists per 20.3 minutes a game.

Having reached the playoffs for nine consecutive years, the pressure will be on Schroder to carry the mantle from the backcourt and keep that rich tradition alive. Expect him to rise to the challenge.

Victor Oladipo

After three seasons of improvement, the shooting guard now finds himself with a franchise where there is a relative degree of expectation. Having been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder from the Orlando Magic, expect Victor Oladipo to really come to the fore.

In a Magic franchise searching for an answer following Dwight Howard's departure, Oladipo was looked upon as the leading player among a roster full of young promise. At the Chesapeake Energy Arena, he will compliment the skills of Russell Westbrook and thrive on the work of their front court talent.

His production from 2014/15 fell last season but he still averaged 16 points and 3.9 assists per night, shooting a field goal percentage of 43.8. His stroke from behind the arc and explosiveness at the rim will work perfectly in tandem with two-time All-Star game MVP Westbrook.

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