NBA: Get basics right: Lopez

NBA: Get basics right: Lopez
A star like LeBron James, from the rookie class of 2003, is not produced every year, says Lopez.

Where have all the basketball prodigies gone?

It is a legitimate conundrum that plagues the National Basketball Association (NBA) as it searches for the next superstar.

In recent times, several highly-touted prospects have failed to sparkle under the unforgiving spotlight of the world's premier basketball league.

In fact, of the top 10 picks from the last four NBA drafts, just four - guards Kyrie Irving and James Harden and forwards Paul George and Blake Griffin - have gone on to make All-Star appearances.

Fans are yearning for a rookie class comparable to that of 2003's, which unearthed premier talents like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

But, according to Brooklyn Nets centre Brook Lopez, an up-and-coming NBA star himself, the relatively lean crop of young talents is not a cause for worry, as franchise players such as Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and James are a "rarity".

"That's kind of the way the league goes - there's not gonna be a bona-fide superstar being unearthed every year," said the 25-year-old, who was in Singapore over the weekend for the NBA 3X fan festival.

"What we have now is many great teams with good parts who work well together."

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