However, we're still a long way away from reaching my dream of designating positions as "point," "wing," and "big." "Point" is obviously the point guard. "Wing" is the shooting guard and small forward. "Big" is the power forward and center.
This system wouldn't have made a difference last year. All the starters would've been the same regardless. But in 2011, instead of Bryant, Paul, Anthony, Durant, and Yao, the West starters would've been Paul, Bryant, Durant, Gasol, and Yao. And in 2009, instead of Kobe, Paul, Duncan, Stoudemire, and Yao, the West starters would've been Paul, Bryant, Bruce Bowen, Duncan, and Yao. (Yep, Bruce Bowen was the 2nd highest shooting guard or small forward that year. Weird, right?) Not a big change there, but where it really starts making a lot more sense is when two point guards get picked to start. Or when no point guards get picked to start.
Take 2007 for example. The guards that started were Bryant and McGrady. (The other three were Garnett, Duncan, and Yao.) A more accurate reflection of a basketball team would've been Iverson, Bryant, McGrady, Garnett, and Yao. And yes, Iverson's not exactly a "true" point guard, but he was moreso than either Bryant or McGrady.