Your Turn (Beckett Basketball No. 247): Who’s the break-out star of the season?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

A year ago, Linsanity was taking the NBA by storm and creating cardboard calamity that hadn’t been seen in some time on the hardwood.

This year, James Harden seems to be injecting himself into the top-player spotlight as he’s dominating with a new team and rubbing shoulders with the likes of Kobe and LeBron.

For the Your Turn page in Beckett Basketball, we simply want to know … who do you think is break-out star of the 2012-13 season?

Maybe it’s one of today’s rookies or a guy who’s been around but found a key spot where he can shine — and turn common cardboard into something more.

Tell us who and why and we’ll run a selection of your answers in the issue.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Posted February 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    My pick is my favorite player -> Jamal Crawford. He is doing such a great job with the Clippers and should be crowned 6th Man of the year. I can’t wait to see what he does in the Playoffs. He is an explosive player who works well with his teammates and is fun to watch.

  2. David Johnson
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    With the Knicks playing well, Carmelo Anthony is finally having a resurgence in NYC. Interest in his cards is starting to increase as he is leading the Knicks into the playoffs. If NYC can play deep into the playoffs or knock Miami out of the top spot in the East then Anthony’s cardboard should see an even bigger rise.

  3. Mark
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Kyrie Irving is the breakout star of the season. He was the best of the rookie class last year, but he has taken the leap to All-Star and team leader in this his second season.

  4. Ryan
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Paul George because he is leading the Pacers to a NBA Championship!!

  5. dante
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Got to be Kyrie but not a surprise breakout like Linsanity which is whast I think they are looking for. If I had to pick an “unknown” or “under the radar” player like Lin was last season, I would say Greg Monroe.

  6. chaz B23
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    LeBron James. he keeps improving every season, which is scary for the NBA. best of all time. long live the king

  7. Bill
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    I’d say kyrie or lillard

  8. Kingbudd
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    From a “new” player standpoint, Kyrie is the breakout player. From a “veteran” perspective, Carmelo Anthony is the breakout player. It all depends on your view!

  9. dante
    Posted February 10, 2013 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Its says “turn common Cardboard into something more”. Lebron, Kyrie, Lillard and Anthony have already pretty much hit their peeks either this year or years ago. This is not news…. Im pretty sure they are asking for not so obvious answers. Lebron?? Really?? Did you just start watching basketball or something? This is about the Collecting, not the playing. Yes, all these players are great, but its not a surprise their cards are getting high value.

  10. Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Not a very exciting player suggestion, but Nikola Pekovic is having a pretty darn good season at the Wolves

  11. Bored71
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Nicolas Batum

  12. daniel miles
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    I know the lakers have had a rough season and all, but you have to give a shout out to earl clark and how is progressing as a player. Never know, when he’ll step out and be a all-star performer if he’s giving the chance!! GO LAKERS**

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