View Full Version : Old School Question of the Day: Did Dr. J make the league what it is today?

02-22-2014, 09:19 AM
It is Dr. J's birthday today, and looking at the league right now, I have to say that it seems Dr. J's style of play really helped to generate viewership. He was exciting, athletic and provided countless highlights. Before that, though there were MANY talented wing players, it seems that Dr. J's style of play had a huge impact on Jordan and Nique and that that shaped both the players and the rule today. Fans generally LOVE to watch the highlights and the dunks, and for better or worse, the league has made strides to facilitate that kind of game, allowing players liked Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter, and Dwyane Wade to excel, while also reinventing the power game as players like LBJ and Griffin are far more ariel than most players their size in the past (though there were some very talented and popular bigs that had similar athleticism in the past). Before Dr. J, it was the bigs that dominated the league: Wilt, Russell, Kareem. After Dr. J, it transitioned. Hakeem, Robinson, Shaq, Ewing all had their day, but the generation coming up with those guys and after them seem to be modeled after Dr. J.

Is the NBA today shaped by what Dr. J did? And if so, how much? For better or for worse? And who else played a big role?