The NBA has seen an outburst of players becoming very good, or downright star players over the course of the past few seasons, ushering in a new era of basketball for better or worse.
What we have now is a point guard-driven league in which very few players will average over 25 points per game, and averaging a double-double is incredibly rare, especially for guys looking to average a double-double in assists.
We do, however, have a league much less dependent on hero ball, as teams are putting together squads of players, whether they be centered around superstars or not, to form complete, cohesive units.
We're entering an interesting time in the NBA, and it's coming to the point where there's a dramatic shift in who is at the top of the league, who will be at the top of the league and who is rapidly falling away from the top of the league.
As far a breakout players go, there are guys like Kyrie Irving who haven't broken out as much as they've continued on a warpath, and guys like James Harden who have completely broken the shackles of their past.
Those given the most credence will be the players who have broken through a wall to become All-Star caliber players when they were once no more than good young players on a middling team.
The reason for excluding guys like Irving, and even Joakim Noah and Brook Lopez is a perception that what they've done is natural progression. They're not changing anybody's mind about them or jumping so high statistically that everyone's dropping jaws.
Sure, all were All-Stars this season, and they deserve that recognition, but it was easily within the realm of possibility that they would be candidates to make the team, and their improvement was enough to get there.
The other players ahead of them did something to change people's minds, or at least start the change of a mindset, creating a new reputation for themselves.