The NBA is a superstar-driven league, and by nature, that makes it cyclical. Some superstars outshine others and that’s what puts them in the conversation to be discussed among the greatest players to play the game at the professional level.
Eras have been defined by great players for decades. Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain were among the first, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird had their time, and Michael Jordan is almost synonymous with the NBA in the 90s.
Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant were the last to three-peat, Tim Duncan and the Spurs had their dynasty and LeBron James has been the face of the league for the last decade. But now James is 37 and despite defying age, will soon be out of the league.
This has set up the younger stars to become the next greats, Giannis Antetokounmpo has already established himself, while players like Joel Embiid, Ja Morant, Luka Doncic, and Jayson Tatum are waiting in the wings. And in an interview with Taylor Rooks, O’Neal referenced the fact that someone needs to take over from LeBron, mentioning Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum.
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