Pack Break: Panini Hoops Pack Two

Pack two of our pack break of NBA Hoops. Here’s what we found:

#25 Luol Deng
#82 George Hill
#140 Luke Ridnour
#155 Jason Smith
#197 Hakim Warrick
#204 Gerald Wallace
#239 Mehmet Okur
Slam Dunk Champion #11 Josh Smith 

Definitely a fan of the idea on the Dunk Champion insert set. Only complaint on the Josh Smith card is how small Josh Smith appears in the photo on the right. Surely there’s a better photo from that particular dunk contest that would be closer zoomed in. The result on the card above is a ton of dark, blank space. Check back tomorrow for pack three.


2012 All-Stars: Who Are Your Starters?

The second round of All-Star voting returns was released on NBA.com Thursday.

Eastern Conference starters as of today: G Derrick Rose, G Dwyane Wade, F Lebron James, F Carmelo Anthony, C Dwight Howard
Western Conference starters as of today: G Kobe Bryant, G Chris Paul, F Kevin Durant, F Blake Griffin, C Andrew Bynum

Are all of these players deserving as of now?  Sure.  We don’t have anyone the fans are voting in based just on name/reputation, like Iverson, McGrady, Vince, etc… in their less than All-Star starter caliber years.  But all of these guys have a legitimate case to be an All-Star starter based on production in this current season, and most are just locks.  Production aside, if the game is truly for the fans, and it is,  then some guys I’d like to see, and for a bunch of minutes, are:

Ricky Rubio – This guy is made for the All-Star game.  The fans see it too, as he’s 3rd behind Kobe and Chris Paul in the West at guard in votes so far.  Would love to see him make the jump to starter.  Something tells me that’s where he’ll be in future years.

Rajon Rondo – Want to see Rondo for the same reasons as Rubio.  Rondo sets others up.  He’s also the best player on the Celtics these days, and happens to be 3rd in the East at guard in votes.

Josh Smith – This guy is having a fantastic season for the Hawks who are sitting 2nd in the East (now minus Al Horford).  Smith would have the potential to throw down some nice dunks.

Who do you want to see?  Any other exciting young players that would make the game more entertaining?