The 2019/20 NBA season started in a really good way and we see several players having tremendous performances through the first days of competition. Some of these performances have taken people to remember how things were at the beginning of the decade and the similarities are very curious, to say the least.
For instance, Basketball Overdose recently pointed out the similarities between the league right now and the one we had in 2011. They speak about for players, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Luka Doncic and LeBron James.
The people in charge of the Instagram account described Rose is averaging 21 ppg, Dwight Howard is second in blocks per match, the Dallas Mavericks are led by a European player and the Lakers by an All-Time great.
Right now D-Rose is part of the Detroit Pistons, where he has found his best version once again, posting 21 points per game. Back in 2011, Rose was finishing a great season with the Chicago Bulls that saw the point guard win the MVP award, becoming the youngest player in history to do so. During that year, Rose averaged 25 points per season, posting 21 ppg in the following campaign.
Just like Rose, Dwight Howard was doing great things with the Orlando Magic in that year, leading the team to a 52-win season, posting 2.4 blocks per game. That’s the exact number he’s averaging right now, ranking second in that item, only behind his teammate Anthony Davis.
2011 was also the year that saw the Miami Heat of LeBron James defeat the Chicago Bulls of Derrick Rose, only to go play and lose the Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, led by a European player named Dirk Nowitzki. Eight years after that series, the Mavs find themselves in a similar position, with Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic leading the way for the Texans.
The Mavericks aren’t in a position to win a championship right now, but plenty of people think Doncic has the talent to take this team to win it all eventually.
Last but not least, the Los Angeles Lakers were led by Kobe Bryant during that entertaining 2011 year. That campaign the Lakers were swept by the Mavericks led by Nowitzki in the first round of the playoffs, ending a great era for the Purple and gold. Now, the Californians have another All-Time great as their leader, LeBron James.
James is trying to take his team to the playoffs once again and find a way to win the championship alongside one of the best big men in the game, Anthony Davis.
It’s curious to see how things were at the beginning of the 2010s and how similar they were to the league we have right now. That’s the magic of the NBA.
Update: There is a small mistake on basketballoverdose pic (instead of sedond, it should be second).