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Up-and-coming lists feature Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

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If the Nets are judged by what they did last season —and not what they are capable of, the predictions of doom-and-gloom are justified. If on the other hand, certain players make breakthroughs, the Nets could surprise.

In no case is that disparity more evident than that of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

The 6’7" swingman missed 50 games to injury —a broken ankle— after a strong start. Even when he returned, he showed off some solid play, particularly on defense and as a rebounder.

In two features this week on up-and-coming young players, RHJ was cited among a small group who are poised for breakout seasons. Here’s what they said...

Ananth Pandian, CBS Sports

Dan Favale, Bleacher Report

Of course, if the Nets are going to surprise this season, other players beyond Hollis-Jefferson will have to turn up their games, second year men like Chris McCullough and Sean Kilpatrick, as well as Anthony Bennett and maybe even a Joe Harris or one of the rookies. Tall order. And as Pandian and Favale write, the best bet is RHJ.