The NBA is a star-driven league, and as most fans have begun to realize, it's the superstars who lead their teams to championships year after year.
But while the Big Three in South Beach is in a seemingly perfect situation, there are other stars around the league who must live up to their own hype. For example, Deron Williams and Chris Paul have seen huge changes take place in their respective organizations, and they're in prime position to contend for a title right away.
Nobody's claiming that winning will be easy, but the excuses must be thrown out the window for a handful of players. It's time to step up entering the new year, showing that the superstar status they've been given is warranted up to this point.