There is a coming in the league i have felt for the last 3 years. It is the leaving of the old guys and the coming in of the new. Maybe you guys have noticed and maybe not. There are many guys right around the age to retire in this league. Many proven guys that have stuck around because a lot of teams need depth, and teams would rather spend that money on someone they can depend on versus an undeveloped young guy. I am saying a good portion of these young guys coming in the league come into the league not ready to compete on this level. Many young guys in recent years live off their hype from dominating off physical tools in high school, go to college for a year get drafted with a nice pick whether what they did in college says they deserved it or not, then enter the nba trying to playing that same way. There has been an abundance of young guys who seem like they just never been taught the fundamentals.
When guys like kobe, garnett, duncan, ginobli, gasol, nash, allen, pierce, dirk, retire the league will officially be handed over to the new age of basketball. There are also many guys 30 or a couple years in their 30s who because of lack of athleticism will be pushed out of the league. World peace says he is going to china. Richard Jefferson, although he has lost a step should not have been given such a small role in golden state. He still can offer more than some of these unproven young athletes based on his shot alone. Guys like Jason Terry, shawn marion, david west, even joe johnson after his max deal is up are all major factors if on your team but they will be gone in a couple years. Danny Granger who will be 31 next year name has been in the trade hype this whole summer because of paul george. Its like people forget granger when healthy, is better than george still. His shot is better, not as athletic or versitale defensively, but mentality tougher and doenst phase out of games like george still does.
When these 30 year olds are gone and guys like melo, lebron, wade, parker, dwill, cp3, dwight, al jefferson, aldridge, and bosh rise to their ranks, the rest of the league will be very young. I hope coaches really force kids to learn the fundamental while in highschool. Otherwise I see a lot of guys driving trying to dunk everything, guys fading away who cant shoot, 3-1 fastbreak opportunities failed because guys cant make the correct pass, no mid range jumpers, and of course the biggest loss no post game. Its like new age big men dont feel they deserve more from themselves, so they become complacent in being systematic catch and finish guys. Its like a decade ago guys came into the league knowing how to do these things and they just kept resharpening they skills. Now they have to go through years of learning after they make it to the league.
Well thats my idea for old players leaving and new players coming in and the changing landscape of the nba. The good thing for a lot of young players undrafted in upcoming years is there will be multiple spots on teams that will open up with the loss of so many veteran.
Is this your first year watching basketball? Maybe that's why your posts are so stupid everybody negs you.
i hope you dont think i care, and by the way .356, is above average in 3pt shooting. you have 208 post with only 166 points, i would much rather be widely controversial over less than moderately average like yourself.
When you are -2000 you aren't controversial...you are either a troll or an idiot.
awwww, sewok the person who loves to hate but cant he his mouth shut, when he reads my posts.
Funny enough, 35.6% from 3 is actually average or slightly below average when you average the last five years out.
Granger is a worse defender, worse ball handler, worse distributor, and it is debatable now who is the better shooter out of him and George. I dont think people 'forgot' that Granger is better, he ISNT better anymore.
He is easily the better shooter..
This happens every year in sports, and Basketball is no different. Every year there is a draft, and every year the NBA is loaded with fresh young talent. So it's surprising that some of those kids go on to become the face of the league. Even now we are watching as players like Paul George, Westbrook, Irving, and others plant their roots for stardom.
People also like to categorize, and in sports it's no different. Not only do we look at your generation, but we look at your draft class. No one cares that this years draft was full of a lot of rotation players, and many said it was one of the worst drafts of all time because there was no superstar talent. It's the superstars which give the NBA its image, and it's the superstars who we are marketed the most. When those guys become unattractive, than the NBA moves on, and finds another face to focus on.
Edit: "When these 30 year olds are gone and guys like melo, lebron, wade, parker, dwill, cp3, dwight, al jefferson, aldridge, and bosh rise to their ranks, the rest of the league will be very young"
Also, where have you been? These guys have been the focal point of the NBA, and main stars for years now (I almost want to say since 2006)
well i think i would put westbrook and irving in a different class over george. He is very good, dont get me wrong, but he has something neither of those guys have had a big man to cover up his inefficient play. George puts up a lot of games where he goes 2 for 11 or 3 for 14. He not as consistent as a lot of fans make him out to be. Also where have i been? I never said they werent some of the faces of the league or main stars? What i was trying to say, maybe i didnt make myself clear was when the 30+ guys retire guys like lebron, melo, etc will be in their shoes. Then they will be talking about handing the league over to guys like durant, rose, love griffin, irving westbrook, lopez, holiday, wall, george, evans, etc.
I agree. Just like 15 years ago we were getting introduced to the "stretch four" , now it seems like every player is a stretch four now. And in the early 90's almost every guard was a pure point guard. Now it seems like we are starting to get more and more combo guards. Finally, I do agree that fundamentals and high basketball IQ are missing in todays NBA and many seem to play off athleticism. Its kinda of disappointing/frustrating to see because alot of players are satisfied with that, and feel they don't need to work on the basics.And it seem like alot of them are playing soley off "potential" in which many of them don't reach. Think about it, how many times do you hear in the draft, "he has crazy potential" or "if he can reach his potential" ....exactly how many reach them? Its just the change of times man
glad somebody noticed and, but yea its sad to see the level of play drop so much and watch sloppy play, but like you say,"change of time", even if its for the worse. Funny aint that the way everything in history go?
the coonery of this aivsdirk clearly has no bounds...
When you say about all the 30 year olds being gone does that mean that D-Wade should retire now and that Melo and LeBron have to finish in the next two seasons.
There are a few players serving out bigger contracts who may not stay in the NBA but with the ending of 7 and now 6 year deals, we'll see a lot less of this and teams may even move to shorter deals for guys over 30. The elite older guys such as KG, Tim Duncan etc got 3 year deals at 35/36 but they maybe took below market value and these are the elite guys don't forget.
Kobe nearly won the scoring title at 34 so the proven older guys are still a major force plus a lot of contenders will happily take a proven guy for veteran's minimum who they can rely on, play when needed etc than pay for for a yonger guy drafted in the 20 to 30 range.
Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Irving, Monroe, Drummond, Wall, Favors, Teague, Jennings, Griffin, whole Magic team, Jrue, Unibrow, P George, Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Lillard, Kemba, D-Cuz, the arrival of Wiggins, Parker, Randle, Gordon, Harrison, Smart next year, and a handful of guys I am forgetting are all under the age of 25.....I think the NBA will be just fine moving forward.