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An All-Star denounces cash: “The NBA? It’s too easy today.”

What if the best players in the league had reached too high a level today? This would be a good explanation for all the cards with more than 40 points which follow one another at a disturbing speed. That’s more or less what an All-Star thinks, who just explained why he thinks the NBA was way too easy for stars.

For years, the NBA was seen as the most difficult league in the basketball world, the one where all the best players came together to do battle and offer fans an exceptional spectacle. If the observation is still more or less true, especially on the individual level of the players, more and more stars explain that being successful in the league is much simpler than in Europe for example.

With all due respect to the American public, which remains logically centered on the NBA, Luka Doncic asserted for example that he had more facilities to chain the boxes since his arrival in Mavericks, since he faces defenses not always in place, can target his opponents by forcing excessive « switches », and above all must not circumvent control towers that camp in the racket.

John Wall destroys the current level of the NBA

And this is an observation that has just been shared by John Wall in an interview with the Tidal League podcast. In the NBA for more than 10 years, the former Wizards All-Star has seen a big change on the pitch, and according to him, the collective level is no longer what it used to be. He denounces in particular the simplicity of the offensive systems, which are mainly based on the search for the « mismatch »:

Don’t tell me what I didn’t say, today’s young players are incredibly strong. But whether in the NBA or even at the NCAA level, everything is too easy today. All defenses change on the screens, be it point guard or pivot, so offenses just have to find the most unbalanced duel and attack. In my time we had to learn and defend on real systems.

Admittedly, John Wall’s analysis is quite relevant. The best players in the league are so strong offensively that they can rely on talent alone to shine, and not necessarily on elaborate systems. The Warriors may be the exception that proves the rule, since Steve Kerr is the king of time-outs and throw-ins, but in the 90s or 2000s it was unthinkable to see such a streak, symptoms of the problem:

Purists will not say otherwise, basketball has evolved since the early 2000s′, and the game is based more on individual talent than on collective performance. Maybe that’s why the regular season seems less exciting or fun than it once did.

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