NBA FEVER TAKES OVER McFARLANE'S SPORTS PICKS
NBA 9 Photos Debut Along With NBA 10 Lineup Announcement
Friday, September 02, 2005
The NBA returns to the hardwood this fall and McFarlane Toys follows suit, offering up their newest lineup of basketball Sports Picks figures in November's NBA 9. The expanded lineup includes nine players, including four from the top three All-NBA teams, the Rookie of the Year, and three young stars helping their teams turn things around. Set your feet, square your shoulders and take a look at the initial photography from McFarlane's Sports Picks: NBA 9...
Dwyane Wade -- Shaq may be the man in Miami, but his partner-in-crime steals plenty of the headlines. Wade finished 8th in MVP voting in just his second season, and some say an injury is the only thing that kept the Heat from playing in the NBA Finals. At 23 years old, "Flash" has a tremendous career ahead of him.
Kobe Bryant 3 -- A lost season in L.A. leaves the Laker faithful hoping for a return to glory this fall. Phil Jackson is back behind the bench; with Kobe Bryant entrenched as the star and leader of the Lakers. Bryant is a seven-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion and looks forward to a season of redemption in 2005.
Dirk Nowitzki 2 -- Do you think Milwaukee would like to re-think their draft-day Nowitzki for Robert Traylor trade back in 1998? The German scoring machine turned in his finest season last year, scoring 26 points per game and averaging 10 points and three assists per contest.
Amare Stoudemire 2 -- 26 points and nine rebounds per game were good enough numbers for the Suns center to finish ninth in MVP voting. A new season dawns in Phoenix, with Stoudemire slid to his natural power forward position, leaving nothing but opportunity for one of the best young players in the NBA.
Grant Hill -- After three seasons lost to a devastating ankle injury, Grant Hill returned to Orlando's roster to stay -- adding 20 points per game along with five rebounds and three assists per contest. Hill's persistence rehabbing his damaged ankle makes him the poster boy for determination and the type of athlete everyone pulls for.
Richard "Rip" Hamilton -- Washington decided the lean Hamilton wouldn't help them as much as Jerry Stackhouse would and ended up watching "Rip" lead the Pistons to the NBA title in 2004. Hamilton is the sort of player who makes opposing fans nervous all game, weaving in and out of picks on his way to a sliver of daylight just wide enough to nail a cold-blooded jumper from.
Jason Richardson -- The Golden State Warriors were one of the NBA's most dangerous teams following the All-Star break last season. The addition of Baron Davis helped improve everyone's game including the "Ultimate Warrior" Jason Richardson. Golden State selected Richardson with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 draft and he's improved his scoring average every year he's been in the league.
Emeka Okafor -- Basketball fans were happy just getting hoops back in Charlotte, but Okafor gave them even more reasons to watch the Bobcats debut season. The second overall selection in the 2004 draft averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds per contest, pushing him into the limelight and pulling him past former UCONN teammate Ben Gordon for the Rookie of The Year trophy.
Antawn Jamison -- Wizards basketball took huge steps in 2005, thanks in large part to Antawn Jamison's contributions. After winning the Sixth Man of the year award in Dallas, Jamison moved to Washington where his return to the starting lineup allowed him to average 20 points and eight rebounds per game. Jamison's strong play helped vault the Wizards into the playoffs and himself onto his first-ever NBA All-Star Team.
NBA 9 sets the basketball stage this fall, but early 2006 offers up our NBA 10 lineup. Sports Picks lines in 2006 will be a little more streamlined, with smaller lineups of bigger stars guaranteed to garner national attention. Here's the first listing of the hoops heroes you'll find in next year's NBA 10 series:
Steve Nash 2 -- The reigning MVP looks to take the reloaded Suns through the stacked Western Conference and bring a title to the desert.
Tracy McGrady 3 -- Re-born in Houston, one of the league's most dangerous players is out to prove there's only room for one team in Texas.
Manu Ginobili -- San Antonio's crafty scorer gives teams nightmares when he drives the lane. When he's not shooting from distance, he's gliding to the hoop as easy as 1-2-3...
LeBron James 3 -- Possibly the best young talent in league history, LeBron returns for his third season with a passion to take his Cavaliers into the NBA playoffs.
Rashard Lewis -- Injuries sidelined Seattle's best forward during the playoffs, but Lewis and company promise to make things tough in the Pacific Northwest this season.
Vince Carter 2 -- His dimmed star found new life in New Jersey last season, and Carter's Nets are poised as a favorite in the NBA's Eastern Conference.
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