Breakout Watch: Six NBA players reaching new heights

Wrote about six NBA players succeeding after being tasked with more responsibility in 2016–17. An excerpt:

The big development for KCP this year, though, has been his ability to work as a secondary ball-handler and playmaker. The Pistons were without Reggie Jackson for the first 21 games of the season, an absence that eliminated the entire basis of Detroit’s offense — no duo was involved in more pick-and-rolls last season than Jackson and Andre Drummond; everything the Pistons were built around offensively stemmed from that initial high screen. With Jackson out and Ish Smith starting in his place, Stan Van Gundy shifted some more of the ball-handling responsibility to the wings, and Caldwell-Pope picked it up in stride. Along with his career-highs in usage and true shooting percentage, KCP has an assist rate nearly double his previous career-high as well.

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