Things have changed quite a bit since we have hit the information era. Fans were given the power to be more connected to their favorite team and players. The league has grown to 30 teams but has hit the downfall in terms of  quality. Bringing overseas players has become a norm but it didn’t help as much as expected. Teams had to sell tickets, TV rights, jerseys. The fan had to be attracted. So the league had to make superstars out of nothing. Scored 30 points, a superstar.

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Made a lob pass for a jam, a superstar. The rise of the fantasy basketball game online helped them a lot.

NBA stats had been stuck for decades but their simplicity has laid a good ground for fantasy league popularity so the fans became more connected to the real game.

But the fantasy skews the actual player contribution on the field, as many of the essential basketball moves aren’t measured. The defense has turned to a sum of steals and blocks and NBA was always generous in awarding an assist. What about a good screen, timely double team or orchestration of other players? Irrelevant, so gradually top stats players were bound to prevail in the eyes of the fans. As rules strongly favored ball handlers after the ‘no hand or forearm’ change in 2000, point guards were clear favorites to blossom.

As TV rankings hit all time lows when defensive teams had success in the late 90s, NBA came up with a plan to significantly raise points scored per game by changing how perimeter players should be guarded. In order to stay in front of the ball handler, the defenders had to back off more.

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More fouls led to free throws and alleys opened for penetration to the painted area. More points, more fun. Post players were ignored, leading to less balance in fantasy stats towards the guards and the wings. Coaches have realized the need to change, opting to push the tempo. Once defensive stalwarts, the Spurs have transformed themselves into a fluent offensive team. Others had less success but have accepted the concept.

The PG position took another meaning since rules have changed. More teams have looked for good ball handlers who can score. The drafts brought a new generation of point guards - a scoring point guard. It did exist earlier, but was not common nor valuable. Since 2008, 24 point guards have been selected in the first 10 picks in the draft! Most of which were athletic, scoring point guards. Steph Curry is the only one that has won the title. Most of them were nowhere near it. They are superstars however, partly thanks to Rose’s ridiculous MVP award in 2011. Plenty of teams tend to copy success and as Rose was falsely marked as a reason for Bulls success, others have followed.

A superstar is a player who makes a great difference for his team. If you have 30 point guards who can all do the same for their teams, they can’t all be superstars. Nor can 15 or 10. So what happened when these guards missed games? Reserve point guards turned out to be key players. The teams did suffer from injuries, yet it seems that it’s not that much of a difference compared to the bench players, much less to other starters around the league. Given court time, plenty of backups will provide similar stats at the PG position as do the so-called superstars. The stats and the game are biased toward point guards.

Whether they are superstars or not, the point guards play a very significant role for their teams. You might like it or not, this role has changed from a playmaker to a primary option on offense, but is still very important role. Most of the teams play it this way, even though it doesn’t give them much success. It’s a trend, probably a long one given the circumstances. It is the point guard league.