With the NBA's young stars rising to the top, there will occur a bevy of comparisons, fair or not. There are your standard Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan comparisons, but those are growing a bit stale, so now it's time for LeBron James to take that mantle.
Growing up as a kid from San Francisco, my favorite player was Jason Kidd and I tried to imitate the way he was able to locate his teammates from seemingly impossible angles whenever I stepped onto the court. However, my middle school coach stamped that dream out when she played me as a center.
Every player has their idols, but most importantly, most young players have a superstar's skill set they can build their game around and hopefully achieve the same success and stardom.
Does each player absolutely have to duplicate that star's game to portend future accolades? In a word: No. In fact, most players despise comparisons because they want to be their own player and set their own basketball goals.
Individual ego or not, there are just too many striking similarities in these nine young players' games that remind us of what it might take for them to take it to the next level.
In no way are we attempting to compare each player to their respective superstar, but there are enough correlating qualities that warrant improvements to fulfill their potential.