The NBA has transitioned into a high powered heavy guard league. With superstar guards like Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard; The game has become an immersive fast-paced style of basketball. Without a doubt. Guards catch the eyes of fans a lot easier than Tim Duncan taking his time to score in the post. With all jokes aside, what has happened to a “strong” frontcourt in the NBA?
The last time a big man led his team to the Finals (aside from Tim Duncan) was when Dwight Howard did it in 2009.
I’m quite sure we all remember that Eastern Conference finals during in the 2008-09 season. When LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers team. Squared off against Dwight Howard and his Orlando Magic team. Dwight got help from a 6 ft 10 inch big man (but played like a guard) name Hedo Türkoğlu. Turk was just one year removed from winning the NBA most improved player award .
However it was Howard who led his team to a victory in the Finals clinching game 6 with 40 points and 10 rebounds. Only to have Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers waiting on him. That series ended with Lakers defeating the Magic 4-1.
Now the NBA current stars of front court players consist of players like. Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and Karl Anthony Towns. Out this bunch, the only big man who consistently leads his team to the playoff is Marc Gasol. Which makes the mere fact That.The list of stars in the back-court has doubled (maybe tripled). Opposed to the amount of stars in the front court troubling to me.
So I oppose this question. Should we just allow the new generation of basketball stars to live and die by the three?. Or should we get back to dumping the ball down to the big man. I personally vote for the latter. Because sooner or later. This live by the three, die by the three motto. Will start getting out of hand?. Trust me!.