For 10 NBA Superstars, 10 Season-Defining Narratives Taking Shape

December 1st, 2016 by Kevin Ding Leave a reply »

Guys such as Wilson Chandler, Tim Frazier, George Hill, Otto Porter and Julius Randle have made far bigger impressions on their teams than most people expected.

Kudos to them. Next from off the grid to make differences could be Justin Anderson, JaMychal Green, Gary Harris, Terrence Jones and Josh Richardson.

Yet if you need to wear a name tag for a casual NBA fan to recognize you, you're not going to create some dramatic shift in the greater state of the league. That's left to the top stars, how much they have the ball and how well they live up to—or exceed—their hype.

As we approach the quarter pole of the regular season, let's take a look at 10 superstars, what they've done and what they will do.


Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls

General preseason projection: There's only one ball, and Butler now has to share it with ball-dominant alphas Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo. This doesn't bode well for Butler's growth.

Season to date: If Butler didn't prove it already by out-willing Derrick Rose, we've seen in the past month that Butler isn't satisfie ...

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