Fantasy breakouts for 2014-15

Identifying players who could emerge next season, plus sneaky stat sources

Updated: February 27, 2014, 3:45 PM ET
By Joe Kaiser | ESPN Insider

USA TODAY SportsBoth Brandan Wright and Otto Porter could be primed for breakout seasons in 2014-15.

In his weekly Crossover column, Joe Kaiser scours the league and offers his fantasy insight with the help of Insider's team of experts, including Kevin Pelton, Bradford Doolittle, Amin Elhassan, Chad Ford, Tom Haberstroh and David Thorpe. Also included is Joe's injury update chart.

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If you could go back to late last season and look into a crystal ball, would you have guessed that little-used rookies Miles Plumlee and Kendall Marshall would be flourishing as second-year pros?

Surely not. Though if you answered "yes," I want to know your numbers for the next Powerball.

Simply put, the odds looked seriously stacked against them.

Plumlee, then a 24-year-old who was drafted with the No. 26 pick of the first round, averaged just 3.9 minutes in 14 games with the Pacers in 2012-13. Marshall, Phoenix's No. 13 pick in 2012, played more in his lone season with the Suns but shot just 37.1 percent from the field and looked slow, unathletic and out of place for an NBA point guard.

Fast-forward to this season and Plumlee and Marshall are among the game's most improved players and very much on the fantasy radar.

Other rookies from last season like Terrence Jones and Jeremy Lamb were much easier to peg as breakout candidates, as both were first-round picks who excelled in the D-League but were buried in their respective rotations.

With the help of ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton, here's an early look at some of the top breakout candidates for 2014-15:

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