Star-studded Lineup Revealed
Friday, August 10, 2007

McFarlane Toys brings the very best of the NBA out in their 13th series of basketball figures. NBA 13 features the Sports Picks debuts of three players; three new poses for sequel players, and our first-ever figure hoisting the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. Take a look at the latest basketball figures from the courts of the NBA and the mind of Todd McFarlane:

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: The best center in recent memory helped deliver the Miami Heat's first championship. It was the fourth title in O'Neal's illustrious career, so he's no stranger to the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy.

JASON TERRY: Dallas' point guard starts the new season with something to prove - the Mavericks brought the league's best record into the playoffs last season, only to get bounced by the Warriors in the first round. Terry looks to lead the Mavericks' "Season of revenge" while also leading the league in sock thickness.

LeBRON JAMES: We were all witnesses as "The Chosen One" delivered the most dominant performance of the playoffs. James scored 48 points, including the Cavs' last 25 points as Cleveland shocked Detroit 109-107 for a double overtime victory in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs finished off the Pistons one game later, but faltered in the NBA Finals - giving LeBron & company unfinished business in 2008.

CHRIS BOSH: After losing Tracy McGrady to free agency and trading away Vince Carter, the Raptors made sure they would hang on to their next great player. Chris Bosh is just 23 years old, and will be spending his next three or four years in Toronto as the heart and soul of the Raptors.

DWIGHT HOWARD: The highlight of this year's NBA dunk contest was watching Howard dunk a ball with his right hand while slapping a sticker onto the backboard with his left. The sticker measured 12 feet and six inches from the ground. The awe-inspiring dunk only garnered a 42 score from the assembled judges (Michael Jordan offered an "8" score, to which Charles Barkley remarked, "Michael done lost his damn mind.") It's just the beginning for the 21-year-old Howard, who looks to team with Rashard Lewis and lead the Magic into the playoffs in 2008.

PAUL PIERCE: Boston's longtime superstar has endured losing seasons in six of his nine years in the NBA, but help has arrived as the Celtics traded for established stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to help ease the burden on Pierce. With talent flanking him and the Eastern Conference wide open, it's a great year for a renaissance for basketball's elite franchise.

NBA 13 is scheduled to arrive in stores this December.