The Ghosts of Christmas Past
When you look at NBA history, there is a very distinct era between the time that Shaquille O'Neal won the 2000 MVP and LeBron James won the 2009 MVP. That era was dominated by players drafted between 1995 and 1998. In fact, every MVP during that stretch was awarded to Allen Iverson (draft class 1996), Tim Duncan (draft class 1997), Kevin Garnett (1995), Steve Nash (1996), Dirk Nowitzki (1998), or Kobe Bryant (1996). That list of six players also accounts for 11 championships, six Finals MVPs and a Defensive Player of the Year award, in addition to a laundry list of other accolades. But with all of the events going on this season, one is forced to ask:
Are we at the end of the line for the stars of that era?
Obviously, Iverson has been gone for awhile now, but each of the others have continue You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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