10 NBA Players Primed for Big Second-Half Leaps in 2015

February 3rd, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »
We've passed the halfway point of the 2014-15 NBA season, which means slow starters are running out of time to speed up and dormant volcanoes of talent have only a couple more months to erupt.

In some cases, second-half surges have felt inevitable. Kawhi Leonard, for example, probably would have continued building on the momentum of his NBA Finals MVP award this year if not for a hand injury that stopped him in his tracks. Predicting he'll go off from February to April feels exceedingly safe.

Other cases have nothing to do with injury-driven delays and everything to do with motivation.

Damian Lillard and DeMarcus Cousins didn't earn All-Star nods from fans or coaches (Cousins later made it as an injury replacement), which could fuel a pair of "I'll show you" second-half performances. For entertainment's sake, let's hope that's what happens.

Finally, we'll run through a few young players who look ready to ripen this spring after surviving a bitter learning curve all winter.

Get ready, because these 10 players—many of whom have already played exceptionally well this year—could be in for a serious leap in the ...

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