Question No. 8: Who is the greatest new star in the NBA?
Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
In front of his home fans, Anthony claimed MVP honors in the got milk? Rookie Challenge during NBA All-Star 2005. 'Melo scored a game-high 31 points and grabbed five rebounds in 25 minutes, becoming only the sixth player in the game's 11-year history to score at least 30 points.
Carlos Boozer, Utah Jazz
In only his second season in the NBA with Cleveland, Boozer averaged a double-double, posting 15.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game, and ranked fifth in the league in rebounds and sixth in field goal percentage. Now playing in Utah, Boozer is averaging a career best 17.8 points per game.
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs
Selected with the second-to-last pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, Ginobili has developed into one of the NBA's bright young stars. He was a member of the Spurs' 2003 NBA Championship squad, won a gold medal with Argentina at the 2004 Summer Olympics and made his first NBA All-Star team in 2005.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
James is on pace to become the fifth player in NBA history to average at least 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, joining Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and John Havlicek.
Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz
Kirilenko ranks No. 1 in the NBA in blocks per game (3.3) thanks in part to his incredible wingspan. The fourth-year player from Russia was selected by the coaches to participate in the 2004 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
The four-time NBA All-Star is posting career bests in points and rebounds for the Mavericks. Nowitzki is the only player in the NBA averaging better than 25 points and 10 boards.
Emeka Okafor, Charlotte Bobcats
The No. 2 pick in the 2004 NBA Draft registered 19 consecutive double-doubles to eclipse Shaquille O'Neal for the most in a row by an active player during his rookie season, surpassing O'Neals 15 straight during the 1992-93 season for Orlando.
Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns
The 2002 Rookie of the Year award winner became the first to win the award directly out of high school. As a sophomore, Stoudemire improved his scoring average by more than seven points and is up nearly six more this year while increasing his shooting from field by nearly 100 percentage points over last year.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Wade is one of only three players ranking in the top 10 in scoring and assists averages, joining Allen Iverson and LeBron James. Since 1979, only 10 players have accomplished the feat for a season and only once (1998-99: Gary Payton and Stephon Marbury) has more than one player done so in the same season.
Yao Ming, Houston Rockets
A fan favorite, Yao made his third consecutive start for the Western Conference during the 2005 NBA All-Star Game in Denver. The 7-6 center from China collected a record 2,558,278 fan votes this year, surpassing Michael Jordan's 2,451,136 votes in 1997.