Who/What is the future of the League?
I think we could be witnessing a resurgence of the league, akin to what was present in the mid 80s and early 90s.
Where do you think the league goes from here?
First of all, I guess... what do you see happening this offseason? Deron Williams is the only top tier free agent in his prime. You have Garnett, Allen, Duncan and Nash as possible additions to contenders. Do they flood to other teams in hopes of a(nother) title? I think Duncan retires a Spur. Thunder could actually use Garnett since their front court scoring is abysmal. Could Allen join the Heat? Where does Nash go? What about Williams?
The Thunder can't afford Garnett. I think he either retires or re-signs with Boston.
I am not sure exactly where you are going with this, but if you are saying that a lot of the big time players of the current era of the NBA are pushing retirement, you would be correct. Kobe only has 1-3 really good years or so left also. Analyzing the last decade of NBA champions: Kobe, Allen/KG and Tim Duncan have won titles in 7 out of 10 years. That is quite impressive. Lebron still has lots of years left along with KD/Rose and several others. The transition period has already started. I for one would be very happy if Nash went on to win a title next season (as long as he doesn't go to Miami).
Pg:rose,Irving,Rondo sg:Gordon,harden sf:Durant,George pf:Griffin C: hibbert, Jordan?, Bynum (I left out all the established players like LeBron, Paul, howard, gasol, aldrige, Williams etc.
To be honest I don't like where the league is going. The fact that we're talking about all these guys leaving and moving places means that so many fans are going to be let down in the process. I know it's fun to watch a team rebuild, but Cleveland, Denver, and possibly the Nets might be a little bummed out. Even as a Celtics fan I'm not that excited because your team has to be elite now to even trick yourself into thinking they're good and having a chance at a ship. There are honestly only a handful of free agent destinations unless someone wants to sign for a bloated contract, so you better hope you're a fan of one of the desired teams.
But look at the Thunder. They aren't a great free-agent destination, but they still built a strong team through a combination of shrewd drafting and good fortune. The Spurs are still competitive. The Pacers and Sixers have built strong teams, and not because of marquee free agent signings. Even the Bulls built their team through the draft first and foremost.
If you look through NBA history, there have always been a few teams at the top. The Lakers and Celtics have always had advantages over other teams in terms of team building. I don't think parity in the NBA is declining, even if it isn't increasing.
I think the Thunder's success gives hope to teams like the Hornets, Cavaliers, Timberwolves, Trailblazers, and other promising small market teams. Sure, their aren't enough elite prospects around to make everyone happy, but if a team gets a few key players and builds a winning core, they could convince that core to stick around.