The NBA is a fluid beast, one that replaces declining superstars with up-and-coming young guns every year. There's never a lack of superstars, but that doesn't diminish the historical significance of the former studs.
As soon as a Hall of Famer is done, players will inevitably attempt to replace him. In some senses, it's a compliment. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Maybe the new guy will play a similar game, one that resonates with fans in the same way. Maybe he'll have a similar career trajectory. Maybe he'll be perceived similarly to the standout whose footsteps he's attempting to fill in.
Well, now that we're firmly in the LeBron James era of NBA history, it's an appropriate time to take a look back at the Michael Jordan era and figure out the closest comparisons for 10 of the biggest names back then.
These are not perfect comparisons. They can't be, as each individual is exactly that: an individual. But for the reasons listed above, each player has gained a specific modern-day counterpart.