Tuesday , Sep , 16 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Stars poised to bounce back in 2008-09: Houston’s trio, Kevin Martin, Jermaine O’Neal, Elton Brand, and Dwyane Wade

The value of an NBA superstar fluctuates like oil, gas, or any other financial instrument trading on the stock market. One season, your favourite player is up, riding the bull market/highs of superstardom. Next season, he’s down, stuck in the lows/bear market of the injured list or a prolonged shooting slump. The only thing that captivates the public like the stock market is a comeback. This year, several All-Stars are poised to bounce back from injury or a down year to dominate in 2008-09 …

Stars poised to bounce back in 2008-09: Houston's trio, Kevin Martin, Jermaine O'Neal, Elton Brand, and Dwyane WadeEvery week, HoopsVibe The Blog will drop a basketball related listed for readers to debate. We call it Listed …

The value of an NBA superstar fluctuates like oil, gas, or any other financial instrument trading on the stock market.

One season, your favourite player is up, riding the bull market/highs of superstardom. Next season, he’s down, stuck in the lows/bear market of the injured list or a prolonged shooting slump.

The only thing that captivates the public like the stock market is a comeback. This year, several All-Stars are poised to bounce back from injury or a down year to dominate in 2008-09.

In this edition of ‘Listed’, we count off superstars who will pull a Rocky and re-establish their worth. Get at us with thoughts in the comment box below.

#5) Ron Artest, Tracy McGrady, and Yao Ming, Houston Rockets.

Why: Ron-Ron wants a new contract, so he’ll behave and dominate both ends of the floor. McGrady and Yao, if healthy for a full season, should finally advance past the first round.

#4) Kevin Martin, Sacramento Kings.

Why: Statistically speaking, ‘K-Mart’ didn’t have a down year, increasing his scoring despite missing 21 games with injury. He’ll step-up his leadership in 2008-09. With Artest and Bibby gone, Martin becomes ‘The Guy’ on a young Sacramento side.

#3) Jermaine O’Neal, Toronto Raptors.

Why: His days as a 20-10 post are over. But the former MVP candidate will block shots, rebound, and take the pressure off Toronto’s 20-10 guy, Chris Bosh.

#2) Elton Brand, Philadelphia 76ers.

Why: Brand is finally free from the Clippers’ dysfunction. Now he must lead an up-and-coming 76er team, meet the demands of Philadelphia’s fans, and bounce back from an Achilles injury. No problem. The former All-Star brings experience and a post option for the club’s half-court sets.

#1) Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat.

Why: He’s healthy, lifting, and ready to silence his critics. Flash’s fine Olympic play will continue in Miami and he’ll re-establish his reputation as a first-line superstar.

What NBA superstar will bounce back in 2008-09? Get at us with thoughts in the comment box below and return to HoopsVibe The Blog. Photo courtesy of killbucky.