3. Festus Ezeli
The young big man saw plenty of action last season, rotating with Carl Landry and Andrew Bogut down low last year, showing plenty of aptitude on both ends of the floor. He’s definitely still quite raw and prone to mental and physical mistakes, not catching passes from penetrators and what not.
However, all the simple things like that generally disappear with experience and good coaching. Unfortunately, Ezeli won’t have the development he should this year due to injury that is expected to put him out until at least December.
No matter what his chances were at the end of the season to break out, they pretty much disappeared with that surgery. When he gets back, he’ll still get plenty of time in rotation with Jermaine O’Neal and Bogut, but he’s not set up to have a breakout year.