NBA 12 DEBUT PHOTOGRAPHY
All-new Sports Picks Lineup
Friday, January 05, 2007
The new year brings a whole new NBA Sports Picks lineup from McFarlane Toys. NBA 12 features the Finals MVP, the Rookie of the Year, the biggest trade of the current season, and five players from the All-Star teams.
Only four players averaged more than 29 points per game last season, as Gilbert Arenas found himself in an exclusive club with Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson and LeBron James. Arenas has been steadily improving his game since his debut with Golden State in 2001 - increasing his scoring average every season from 10.3 as a rookie to 29.3 in 2005-06. Although Arenas hit more three-point shots than all but one other player last season, he isn't your typical "mad bomber," as he averaged more than six assists and two steals per game. He followed up his sensational season with an even better playoff run, pouring in 34 points per game and leading the Wizards to a near-upset of the Cavaliers in the first round.
Andrew Bogut, Marvin Williams and Deron Williams didn't play poorly in their rookie season, but none of them made the impact of the fourth-overall selection, Chris Paul. The Hornets' first-round draft pick rewarded his team by turning in a brilliant season and earning the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Paul led all rookies in scoring and assists, while finishing fourth among rookies in rebounding as well. The Hornets' "dual citizenship" last season made believers out of hometown fans in New Orleans and Oklahoma City as well.
ELTON BRAND 2
The Clippers turned in their best-ever season in 2005-06, and plenty of credit goes to All-Star forward Elton Brand. The Clippers' best player turned in his best season, scoring a career-high 24.7 points-per-game. Not only did the Clippers come within one game of the Western Conference Finals in their deepest playoff run ever, but they also eclipsed the Lakers to become the best basketball team in Los Angeles.
DWYANE WADE 2
"Flash" made the most out of his first trip to the NBA Finals. After scuffling in a pair of Finals-opening losses to Dallas, Wade took over -- scoring 42, 36, 43 and 36 points to deliver four straight wins and Miami's first NBA Championship. So the only question left after leading the East team to victory in the All-Star Game, and winning the Finals MVP while delivering a title to South Beach is, what will Wade do for an encore?
ALLEN IVERSON 2
The top overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft spent 10 and a half seasons with Philadelphia, earning seven All-Star nods and taking the Sixers to the NBA Finals. When Philadelphia steered their team in a different direction, "The Answer" found a fresh start with the Denver Nuggets. Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony are the league's top two scorers, and the double threat from Denver brings an added twist to Western Conference playoff race.
NBA titles are nothing new for Tony Parker, but the 2005-06 season brought him something new - an invitation to the All-Star team. San Antonio's point guard turned in his finest season, scoring a career-high 18.9 points while returning to the playoffs, as the Spurs have every year in Parker's career. With a new Sports Picks figure on the way and a Desperate Housewife on his arm, it's definitely good to be Tony Parker.
NBA 12 is scheduled to be in stores in March.
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