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Danny Ainge feels like the NBA is getting better with increased competition


Danny Ainge, who is the GM and President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics, feels like the competition within the NBA is getting better than it ever was before. The style of the NBA has changed in recent times, differing from even as recently as the early 2000’s.  The NBA, for most of its history, has been more of a grind-it-out game. Now, with the introduction of analytics and a major emphasis on shooting threes, there seems to be a major increase in the points scored. NBA teams are now scoring at record paces with teams such as the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and Denver Nuggets being first, second, and third in scoring as of the 2016-2017 NBA season.

In an interview on “3 Questions With Bob Evans”, Danny Ainge had this to say on the current state of the NBA,

Danny Ainge: “I think the game is getting a lot better. A lot of people I’ve run into say the game was so much better in the 1980s but I don’t see that. I see the NBA is getting better.” 

Multiple players currently in the NBA are being touted as potentially being one the best ever in terms of what they do, with LeBron James being regarded as potentially the greatest basketball player of all time, Kyrie Irving regarded of one of the best ball handler of all time, and Stephen Curry being touted as the greatest shooter of all time. Then you have players like Russell Westbrook averaging a triple double. With the names listed, among a lot more great talent, it almost seems impossible to debate with Danny Ainge when it comes to this topic.