When I say the next McGrady/Carter/Iverson, I mean guys that were elite and have had a really fast fall from grace.
Carter, Iverson and McGrady - as well as a lesser extent Gilbert Arenas, were all elite players for a long time. And within a mere matter of 2-3 years, those 4 have went from thought of as top 10-15 players (McGrady/Iverson/Carter top 5-10 for sure at one point), to role players.
Arenas is riding the bench in Memphis, Carter is a complete shell of what he once was and McGrady is just an ordinary role player as well. Iverson's completely out of the league, which is kind of shocking.
It's kind of unbelievable to think about it considering how big of superstars Carter, Iverson and McGrady were that they are this worthless and meaningless now. Just as recent as the 2007-08 season, all of them averaging over 21 and Iverson was third in the NBA in scoring. And we're talking face of the league popular for these guys.
These guys didn't just get old with diminished skills like a Kidd, Garnett, Duncan or even Shaq, they just fell off the face of the earth. I mean really, four years ago did you expect McGrady to be getting 5.1 PPG, Carter 9.6 PPG, Arenas 5.4 PPG and Iverson nothing? Really shocking.
What superstar today do you think will be there in the next 5 years?
I thought of the topic by watching the games today. Carter looks ordinary out there.
Wade, LeBron, Melo, Bosh, Amare, Chris Paul - all of them are at a point in their careers where they need to do something special to define themselves. Are they going to be at an elite level when they are 33-34 like a Kobe/Dirk or will they be completely diminished like McGrady is at 31?
Because when you think about it -- McGrady, Carter, Iverson were the Wade, Melo and LeBron of 5-7 years ago. And to think if Wade, Melo and LeBron don't win any titles, that they would be as irrelevant as T-Mac, Vince and AI are now, is just a weird thought.
And really, if Iverson, T-Mac and Vince formed a "Big Three" in a year like 04-05, they would have been every bit as big and hyped as the Heat are today.