The current generation of NBA players are the biggest and fastest in the history of the game. They are also among the lest skilled. In the past 30 years the NBA has rule change after rule change all based upon increasing the average game score, thus making games a marketable TV product.
Many years ago in the NBA players found it much harder to score as many points due to the rules of the game. In recent years, players like Lebron James and other superstars have a much easier time scoring points due to the excessive rule changes allowing for higher scoring games.
I personally think that Darko Milicic seems more than ready to put the NBA behind him. Milicic, who announced this month he will play next season in Europe, made his first stop at The Palace of Auburn Hills as a member of the New York Knicks on Tuesday. He did not pull any punches. Milicic, the second overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft, said the Pistons lied to him. But he also said they are not the only ones. "Yes, they did," Milicic said. "They lie to everybody. It's the NBA. The NBA, all around the league, same (garbage).
I do not believe the success of this generation of NBA players are the results of changes to the rules designed to favor offense and lead to higher-scoring games. I believe these players have won their position in the same way their predecessors did, by being good players. Basketball games have always been high scoring and offense has always been more interesting.
The success of this generation of NBA players (like LeBron James) do not come primarily from changes to the rules that were designed to favor offense and lead to higher-scoring games. This is because the game of basketball has not changed that much over the years. The NBA players need as much skill as they always did to win their games.