Are Next-Stars actually helping Teams?
I'm not taking a shot at the program, either way.
But people have been asking for years why the Wildcats (The recent dominant team) has never had one? Clearly Trev and/or the management didn't like the idea.
Instead they've invested into guys like Travers and Shervill. Guys that instead of pissing off 3/4 of the way through the season, may actually stick around and have long careers with the team.
There's no question that the Cats' policy of building a core over time has paid off, whereas teams that benefited for a while from a Next-Star, have nothing to show for it.
Clearly there's a "benefit" in having a young gun, as not only a bonus player, but funded by the league, and teams like the Hawks made a mint of LaMelo's merchandise alone.
And there's no doubt it's been a huge win for the league. Imagine if Giddey also takes out NBA Rookie of the Year!
Giddey was clearly a class above every other "rookie" in the league. But he's gone, and guys like Travers are still here.
Even IF you can land a LaMelo or a Giddey every season, doesn't that just contribute to the instability that has been the demise of many star-studded teams?