The Future of the NBA’s Stars Isn’t Bright
By Charlie Perez, Online and Social Media Editor
The NBA Finals are upon us, and for the fifth straight year, it features the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors’ dominance is perhaps not unparalleled in NBA history; however, the team they have built is easily the most boring superteam in history.
This lack of interest can be traced to one phenomenon: the prevalence of the three-point shot in the modern NBA. While players like Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar relied on displays of athleticism and awe-inspiring ball skills to get their titles, the Warriors, and their conference rivals, the Rockets, rarely even attempt to penetrate the defense.
Jacking up three-point shots is simply not entertaining. Stephen Curry may be one of the best three-point shooters ever to grace the earth, but his game features none of the physical, exciting plays, such as dunks or blocks, that made the NBA entertaining before the Warriors era.
Some teams have taken it even further. The Houston Rockets shoot over 95 percent of their shots from behind the three-point line or from less than five feet from the basket. Their game features next to none of the artful, mid-range shots that made Michael Jordan the Greatest of all Time. Combined with the seeming inability of any team in the league to play defense, the NBA’s regular season looks more like an All-Star Game with each passing year.
People will always tune in to the NBA Finals, to watch and see whether the Warriors will be crowned World Champions once again or be challenged. The Finals may feature exciting players such as LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard, players with a more entertaining style. But if these players continue to lose, they will be phased out in favor of more Warriors-style players.
The NBA is always seeking to become more modern and stop their precipitous slide towards being out-of-fashion. But if the league wants more excitement, it should take a hard look at the past before dismissing it.