Are the younger NBA players taking their spot ahead of the already proven players ?

Are the younger NBA players taking their spot ahead of the already proven players ?

Philadelphia : PA : USA | Apr 16, 2012 at 8:21 PM PDT
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On 2/12/2012 The Los Angeles Lakers Led by Kobe Bryant matched up with the Toronto Raptors In what everyone thought was a sure win for the Lakers but the Raptors didn’t shy away because they were a underdog. The game was close throughout the night and in fact the Raptors had a 1pt lead with 4.2 seconds left. There was fear of another loss for the lakers in the eyes of everyone in the arena but Kobe Bryant. Kobe or “The Black Mamba” came out the timeout cool, calm, and collective. Gasol inbounds the ball kobe catches and dribbles to the 3pt line. With 2 seconds left kobe Shoots the ball, the release is perfect and . . . .

At this time every NBA season right before the playoffs start the same question circles the sports world. Who’s the best players in the league right now? Some sports analyst use statistics, individual accolades, team records or career achievements to create their opinion of the top players in the NBA right now. Now that there's a number of young very talented players in the NBA now that question becomes slightly harder and turns into a new question Are the younger players taking their spot ahead of the older already proved players.

For a while it has been Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James. With kobe bryant winning that debate because he is an 5-time NBA champion, 1-time NBA Mvp, 2-time Finals Mvp, 9-time All-NBA first team, 10-time All-NBA defensive first team, and 4-time All-star Mvp. LeBron Gets A Lot of praise as the best because he’s averaging oscar robinson type number. 25 pts 7 ast 7 rbs over his career and he’s also a 2-time Mvp. Here and there someone would throw names like Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony into the mix. But only one of those three won a championship and that’s Dwayne Wade who was also finals Mvp that year.

The last couple of years there has been a flurry of young talent coming into the league. Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, John Wall, and Brandon Jennings. Some Young players became instant stars like, Kevin Durant who has 2 NBA scoring-titles In 4 seasons and the youngest to win a scoring-title averaging 30.1 ppg in the 2009-2010 regular season or for instance Kevin Love who has his name all over the Nba record books with the most consecutive games with a double-double at only 23 yrs old and first player to record a 30 pt 30 reb game since Moses MaLone in 1982. Arguably the best young player in the NBA since becoming the youngest player to ever win a Mvp is Derrick Rose in the 2011-2012 regular season.

Tyquil Chamberlin a sophomore student at Constitution High School had some input on this very debatable topic. Tyquil says he’s been watching basketball for some time now. So he knows about all the older players in the NBA and feels like being the best in the Nba is about skills and the things you can do and not so much of how many championships you have. Tyquil would rather spend his money to watch the younger players like Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose because “They’re more athletic and makes the game more exciting”.

In the 2011-2012 regular season Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder and Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls sold out more games that season than the team did before their two stars got on the team. So another argument for the younger players is that they bring the NBA more money and excitement and could actually be helping the league more than the older players

LaRon Byrd a college student from Philadelphia who has been watching basketball since he could walk and talk feels as though “The younger NBA players are hurting and helping the league at the same time”. Many people like the new way of basketball where teams are more offensive minded and play an up-pace type of game because it’s more exciting. Not LaRon. This 21-year old frowns upon the fact that the game has changed from its original Bulls vs Knicks Matchup in the 1990’s. Where there was a struggle for points every possession and more of a defensive battle. Than how the game is played now.”The playoffs last year weren’t played as physical enough as it should had been”.

Last NBA season The ppg teams allowed the opposing team to get where increased by 10 pts over the last few years. This could be because of the younger players in the NBA winning games scoring and not by their defense. For example if a high-school star focused on getting individual stats not playing as a team player, gets recruited to one of the best colleges in the country, and turn out to be a scoring machine because the players feels like he has to win it for them. He then will take those tendencies to the NBA and when his game start his mind-set will be “score, score, score”. That’s how most players think now.

To Conclude, Both the young and the Older players are good for the game. They both have their pros and cons on the game but a mixture of both is the reason the game is so popular today. Older players do slow the game down and play more defense but sometimes it’s good for the Kevin Durant’s of the league to speed the game up and run an up-tempo offense to make things more exciting. Sometimes it is good for the NBA to have those defensively fought games that the older players gives up because it brings an element of toughness to the playoffs and that’s what the fans like to see. It all goes back to the fans. So it’s great when you have players like Kobe and LeBron who are older and understand the defense wins championships but still have that “score, score, score” mentality.

. . . with a perfect release and a clear view of the basketball Kobe watches the ball leave his hands and then as it goes through the net. With a sigh of relief he hits the game winner for the Lakers once again.

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