There is a greater need for more skilled players in today's game.
Some may argue that there was better top-tier talent in the '80s and '90s, but no one can dispute the fact that players in today's game are more skilled. Just think, it's practically a prerequisite for any starting power forward or center to be able to step out and make a 15-20 footer. We have guys 6-foot-8 or 6-foot-9 that regularly handle the rock like a point guard, and there are marvels like LeBron and Kobe that can do it all. In today's game, All-Stars have much more multifaceted games that allow them to dominate in more diverse ways than we've seen in the past. Advantage: new school.