|Changing Of The Guard: The Evolution Of NBA Point Guards|
There's been a visible difference in the NBA in the last 20 years. The game has gotten more athletic, less physical and faster all since Michael's first ring. Earvin 'Magic' Johnson broke the mold in the early 80's: a 6'9 point with undeniable flare and remarkable passing ability. Then there was Isaiah Thomas, the gritty kid city kid with a pit bull's toughness and a knack for big moments. There was Gary Payton, John Stockton, Tim Hardaway, 'Penny', Jason Kidd and Mark Price. They were the consummate point guard, some with a penchant for setting up their stars, others with potential for a galaxy of their own.
Then there was Stephon Marbury; a heady, athletic guard who excelled at putting the ball in the basket and had more dishes than a busboy on a Friday night. Starbury was as likely to dunk on an opposing big as he was to wrap a nifty dime around his back to a cutting teammate. But while Marbury was paying his own way into the Garden (a beef with Zeke nonetheless) the college ranks were nurturing the new breed of NBA point guard.
While currently sidelined recovering from a torn ACL in last years playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Rose has more than enough highlights to fill the void his absence left. Just ask Goran Dragic, the victim of Rose's lightning quick bounce and animal athleticism. With improved stats across the board every year, Rose's climb from rookie sensation to NBA MVP was shorter than skeptics anticipated. With his return from ACL surgery right around the corner, we'll be seeing more electrifying dunks, crisp passes and puzzled defenders in no time.
Westbrook is aggressive; sometimes too much . He steadily attacks the rim with a "dunk or die" mentality, sometimes settling for a strong lay-up complete with the chest pump to finish it off. While obviously more comfortable scoring, Westbrook pitches the rock to the tune of 7-assists for his career. Not bad for the kid who didn't play point until his jersey said Thunder.
All hail the new KIngs of Point.
Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook.
Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard.
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 February 2013 01:54 )|