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Best Breakthrough Athlete nominees  

LeBron James
Credentials: USA Today High School basketball Player of the Year; led his school to Ohio state championship.

Past ESPY's: none.

Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR
Credentials: Finished 5th in 2002 Winston Cup standings, won three races, and finished in top ten 21 times.

Past ESPY's: none

Yao Ming, Rockets
Credentials: Averaged 13.5 ppg. and 8.2 rpg. as a rookie in 2002-03 season.

Past ESPY's: none

Clinton Portis, Broncos
Credentials: Rushed for 1,508 yards and 15 touchdowns as a rookie in 2002.

Past ESPY's: none

Alfonso Soriano, Yankees
Credentials: Set AL single-season record for home runs by a second baseman (39) in 2002.

Past ESPY's: none

past winners
'02 Tom Brady

'01 Daunte Culpepper

'00 Kurt Warner

'99 Randy Moss

'98 Nomar Garciaparra

'97 Tiger Woods

'96 Hideo Nomo

'95 Jeff Bagwell

'94 Mike Piazza

'93 Gary Sheffield

The ESPY Awards will air on ESPN live from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on July 16 at 9 p.m. ET.

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