Let me start by saying pardon the alliteration, the title just kind of came out that way. All of us know the faces of today's NBA are Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, and Carmelo Anthony. These are the big names that draw in the big contracts, the endorsements, and the ratings. They are not merely "stars", but Superstars. They dazzle us night in and night out, and turn casual fans into obsessive viewers. Before this list of present day faces, there have been many others. Just a few years ago some of these faces included Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'neal, Tracy McGrady, and Allen Iverson. Even further back the NBA had Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, (who basically is a package deal with John Stockton) and Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon. The 80's had Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem, along with many others. The decades before this saw Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, John Havlicek, and perhaps the biggest face of the NBA's history, Jerry West. He was so big they made the leagues logo from his silhouette.
Thnking about this begged the question; Who will be the next Big Faces of the NBA? I could make cases for quite a few individuals in the league today, so I decided to only take the top 5. One rising star for each position will be discussed.