As the NBA season has progressed, so has the game of basketball.
The game has evolved into a hybrid of physicality and speed that has given rise to new rules, tactics and strategies.
The league is getting faster, and so has basketball.
In order to understand how the game has changed in the last 10 years, it’s necessary to break down the evolution of the game and its players over the last decade.
Here are five things we learned in the process.
Kobe Bryant: As the league’s top scorer, Kobe Bryant led the league in scoring for a quarter of a century before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004.
He scored at least 25 points in every game he played from 2005 to 2010, but his career was cut short in 2013 after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Bryant then became the first player to be traded from the Lakers to the New York Knicks, joining Carmelo Anthony as the only players to receive two trade offers from the Knicks in the same year.
Bryant is one of the most successful players in NBA history, and his career trajectory has been marked by a dramatic drop-off in production.
The last two years have been marked not only by a decrease in his scoring, but also by the decline of his teammates and the decline in the team.
Kobe’s impact on the NBA has been limited by the team he’s been on.
The Lakers have been known for a few off-court distractions, including Bryant’s relationship with his wife and daughter, but this year, he’s taken a backseat to his teammates.
The team is not only missing Kobe, but it’s also missing the man himself.
Kevin Durant: Durant’s career is almost entirely defined by his MVP campaign in 2015.
His dominance was so great that it was hard to imagine a season that wouldn’t include a triple-double.
Durant had a career season that earned him the MVP award and a championship ring.
Durant averaged 30.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists in the regular season, but he was also the NBA’s best player during the playoffs.
In the Finals, Durant scored a career-high 41 points against LeBron James, which is more than any other player in NBA Finals history.
Durant’s dominance over the series was matched by his performance in the Finals.
The Thunder was not only the favorites to win the series, but they were the favorite to win it in five games.
The Warriors and Cavs were not even considered a threat in the first round of the playoffs, and the Thunder could have easily won the series.
Durant is the only player in history to have scored 40, 40 and 40 points in consecutive games, and it was arguably the most dominant performance in history.
James Harden: Harden’s career started off slowly.
After being traded by the Rockets to the Dallas Mavericks in 2014, Harden was unable to regain his scoring prowess.
His career trajectory was marked by an abrupt drop in production that lasted for nearly a year.
The drop was marked most notably by his injury-plagued 2017-18 season, which he played through on the court for the first time since 2012-13.
Harden is one one of only two players to win MVP in five straight seasons, and he’s the only one who has scored 40 points or more in each of the past four years.
His scoring has been largely driven by the emergence of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, but the latter has continued to thrive.
Harden’s ability to dominate in the playoffs is a testament to the quality of his play and the team around him.
Stephen Curry: Curry is one the NBA elite.
He is arguably the best shooting guard in the game.
He has led the NBA in scoring in every season since 2013-14.
In that time, he has averaged 29.6 per game and has finished with more than 15 assists in four consecutive seasons.
His most recent season was a breakout year for Curry, when he averaged 24.2 points per game in the 2017-2018 season.
Curry has also developed a reputation as one of, if not the, most efficient offensive players in the NBA, and while he has struggled to score consistently, he still has one of most efficient offenses in the league.
Curry’s impact is limited by injuries and by his teammates’ lack of chemistry.
He’s also struggled to get to the rim in the postseason, which has hindered his ability to score.
Anthony Davis: Davis is one half of the Sacramento Kings.
In addition to scoring at an elite level, Davis has also been one of NBA’s most effective and productive players in each and every season.
In his four seasons in Sacramento, Davis averaged 27.8 points, 7.1 assists and 6.3 rebounds in 24.8 minutes per game.
Davis has become a staple in the Eastern Conference and was a key piece of the Los Kings’ success last year.
Davis’ contributions in Sacramento have been limited because of