I’m not sure where you draw the line between a star and a superstar, but there is a big difference. There are a handful of guys in the League who are undisputed superstars. Though this sounds completely subjective, I think the best criteria to define a “superstar” is simply which guys come to mind first. Here’s my list: LeBron, Kobe, Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, KG, Paul Pierce, Dirk, Steve Nash, CP3, Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade.
I don’t think that the list is a fixed number of players – it can be as big or small as the “superstar” talent pool. And with that, I’m proposing a nomination. I don’t think that he’s qualified quite yet, but by the end of the year Joe Johnson will be an NBA superstar.
First of all, he’s probably the third most impressive physical specimen in the League behind LBJ and Dwight. He’s 6-8 and probably about 240 lbs., built like a Mack truck, but he has a point guard’s quickness.
And as the best player on one of the three remaining undefeated teams, Johnson’s public profile might catch up to his skill set. He’s tallying 28 points per thus far, and has done it in the prettiest way possible. Hawks play-by-play guy Bob Rathbun, who refuses to call him anything but “Joe” was losing his mind last night over the step-back jumpers and generally nifty ball handling he used to get loose.
Is Joe Johnson a superstar?