The Europeans have changed the game. In an effort to make the game global, Stern and his henchmen changed defensive rules to make the game more offensive (double entendre alert!). Where's the Dominique and MJ mid-range jumpers at?
Now guys pass the ball around the three-point line like they're playing "Around the World." There are only a handful of players that still respect the art. Three come to mind: Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant. You can make the case for some other guys, but the ones mentioned base their games on the mid-range. Sometimes you have to take that extra dribble to get a closer look.