NBA Superstar Deficiency

In the NBA, “superstar” is a term used to define a player who has supreme impact on the game primarily on the court, but off the court as well. We have witnessed the emergence of several players such as Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Karl-Anthony Towns and John Wall into stars and borderline superstars in the early parts of their careers. Lately, the talent coming in to the NBA has struggled to develop their talent into anything more than a rotation role.


Each Year is followed by the All-Rookie First Team with averages Fg%|PPG|RPG|APG|BPG

2017 Malcolm Brogdon G Milwaukee Bucks .457| 10.2| 2.8| 4.2| 0.2|
Buddy Hield G Sacramento Kings .426| 10.6| 3.3| 1.5| 0.1|
Willy Hernangomez C New York Knicks .529| 8.2 |7.0 |1.3| 0.5|
Dario Saric F Philadelphia 76ers .411| 12.8| 6.3| 2.2 |0.4|
Joel Embiid C Philadelphia 76ers .466 |20.2| 7.8 |2.1| 2.5

2016 Kristaps Porzingis F New York Knicks .421| 14.3 7.3 1.3 1.9
Nikola Jokic C Denver Nuggets .512 |10.0 |7.0 |2.4 |0.6
Jahlil Okafor C Philadelphia 76ers .508| 17.5| 7.0 |1.2| 1.2
Devin Booker G Phoenix Suns .423 |13.8| 2.5| 2.6| 0.3
Karl-Anthony Towns F Minnesota Timberwolves .542| 18.3|10.5| 2.0|1.7

2015 Nikola Mirotic F Chicago Bulls .405 |10.2| 4.9| 1.2|0.7
Jordan Clarkson G Los Angeles Lakers .448|11.9| 3.2| 3.5| 0.2
Elfrid Payton G Orlando Magic .425| 8.9 |4.3| 6.5| 0.2
Nerlens Noel C Philadelphia 76ers .462|9.9| 8.1| 1.7 |1.9
Andrew Wiggins F Minnesota Timberwolves .437| 16.9| 4.6| 2.1| 0.6

2014 Mason Plumlee F Brooklyn Nets .659 7.4| 4.4| 0.9| 0.8
Victor Oladipo G Orlando Magic .419 |13.8| 4.1 |4.1| 0.5
Tim Hardaway Jr. G New York Knicks .428| 10.2| 1.5| 0.8|0.1
Trey Burke G Utah Jazz .380 |12.8| 3.0 |5.7| 0.1
Michael Carter-Williams G Philadelphia 76ers .405| 16.7|6.2| 6.3| 0.6


These All-Rookie teams tell the story of under developed young players in the current NBA. guys like Trey Burke, Michael Carter Williams, Clarkson, Mirotic, Noel and Okafor are either on the borderline of being out of the NBA or stuck as rotational guys on bad teams. The players labeled in bold showed star or superstar potential in their first season or early in their second season. Only eight out of twenty All-Rookie First Team members flashed any signs of being a star on any team in the league. This doesn’t tell the entire story though, guys like Myles Turner, Zach Lavine, Jabari Parker, Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons all have great potential to be stars in this league. (Giannis Antetokounmpo and Karl-Anthony Towns are the only true stars/superstars from these draft classes).


The NBA is in dire need of high impact superstars. As we take a look at the league’s best players, most of the highest impact superstars/stars have been at or near this level for over five seasons. (LeBron James 33, Carmelo Anthony 33, Russell Westbrook 29, Stephen Curry 29, Kevin Durant 29, James Harden 28, Chris Paul 32.) These Guys have been at the top of their respective positions for several years, competing for MVP’s, winning championships, and shaping the outlook of the NBA. We(The Fans) are in dire need of high impact guys to come along and form the new era of NBA basketball along with Karl-Anthony Towns, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid and others. Guys like LeBron, KD and Steph won’t be here forever and the young guys need to pick up the slack.

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