It's a term thrown around in basketball circles..."so and so is really just now coming into their prime".
It almost seems different based on position. Dirk as a PF had his best season last year 13(?) years in.
Steve Nash is almost 38 with not a lot of drop off. If anything a few better players in Phoenix and he would be back
to 14pts 11ast a game.
Kobe in his 15th season looks better this year then he has in the last three, his team is falling to crap around him but that is besides the point.
Seems as though as a slasher your prime is 7 years in when you have the intelligence and the body to get it done but after 10 you better be able to hit a three ball.
Ray Allen plays the same today as he did at any point in the last decade. He is the only member of the big three that can claim that as well.
Do you factor that in when you build a team, knowing that if you build a franchise around a slasher (Wince) you only have a 3 - 5 year window to make solid runs once they peak? Is it better to build around a Bargnani who will likely go to season 15 with little drop off, or a DeRozan who unless he becomes deadly from range, will not stay at his peak for long?
my personal preference as a guy who used to slag Bargnani is that he may be our best long term building piece. As a guy who does not rely on freak athleticism and has a deadly shot there will be little drop off.