Breakout in store for Koufos

Denver center shows signs of becoming a force in 2012-13

Updated: August 28, 2012, 3:48 PM ET
By David Thorpe | ESPN Insider
Kosta KoufosCary Edmondson/US PresswireKosta Koufos offers the Nuggets another big who can run and rebound.

You've heard all of the clichés before.

"You can't teach height." "Big men take more time to develop."

They are phrases that have meaning at every level of basketball; they are accurate and each offers an equally important lesson. For as much as we want to see big men arrive in the NBA ready to dominate on both ends of the court, except in very rare occasions, it just does not happen. And those who do dominate normally are bigs who have played more than three seasons in college.

So as ESPN.com's #NBArank continues to roll out names, I look for big men who have not yet fully developed but already have shown some good production despite their youth. These are players who still have bright futures and to the Denver Nuggets' Kosta Koufos (#NBArank No. 274), I'm talking about you.