The NBA may be a league driven by superstars, but it's also a league that drives athletes to become superstars.
While we relish at the opportunity to watch as the Association's superstars wage battle on the floor, witnessing the journey from promising prospect to indisputable icon is just as satisfying.
And while the progressive campaign from Point A to Point B can be a wild ride, there's nothing like watching the one year, the one season that changes everything.
You know what I'm talking about. That season when an athlete truly becomes the player he was meant to be. That year he reaches the lofty ceiling that was set for him upon entering the league. That season he explodes.
Yeah, that one.
Luckily for us, such explosions are not a rarity in the NBA; they happen every year.