At the beginning of century (odd as it sounds, we’re only talking about 2000), the league was run by big men.

The 90s was abound with talent all around. At every position. Arguably the best big man era of all time (Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning, Malone, Charles Barkely), there was a plethora of legendary guards and forwards in the league, as well (i.e. Mike, John Stockton, Reggie Miller, etc.).

The list of best and dominant players was fairly balanced.

In the 1999-2000 season, all that changed. There was a power gorging. Bigs, specifically power forwards, ran the league. Think about it.

Namely Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Webber, Kevin Garnett, Rasheed Wallace. Of course, there was Shaq, along with Kobe, AI, and a handful of other guards were doing their thing, too, but on the whole, it was those 4-men setting the tone for the league. All had, at some point, the best team in the league, and carried their respective squads through deep playoff runs, in several cases claiming the title.

…But this season marks a clear shift. A changing of the guard, if you will.

With many of those aforementioned power forwards on their last legs — if not out of the league already — the NBA will now be under the guidance of guards for the foreseeable future. Yes, LeBron, D. Wade, Durant (qualifies as a 2-man, too), Brandon Roy, are pretty damn good two-guards, but this is about the 1s.

Chris Paul and Deron Williams we know. But there’s plenty more young studs on the scene also. Highlighted especially by this year’s national team, point guards in the league will have their hands full night in and night out on the defensive end.

Peep the full story over at Court Cred.

*Note: I forgot to mention Brandon Jennings. My bad!*