It's rare in life that you can look back and identify the specific moment that marked the end of the way things were and the beginning of the way things are.
It's worth examining the origins of the small-ball revolution,even if there are indications that the trend may reverse itself—perhaps as soon as this season.
Pretty soon,damn near the whole league was reorienting around trying to compete with the Warriors'Death Lineup.
Such a stark trend might make it seem like we have reached a point of no return.
But given several developments of this offseason's free-agent period,it seems fair to wonder whether we may have actually passed Peak Small Ball and might be in for a reversal during the 2019-20 campaign.
Other teams'offseason moves indicate they could potentially lean into two-big lineups as well.
Already,that's a significant portion of the league seemingly preparing to devote non-trivial minutes to two-big lineups.
With multiple contenders in the East and West seemingly planning to use two-big lineups more often,it doesn't appear as necessary for teams to ensure that they are well-equipped to go small against the very best opponents.
Much of the league appears to have reacted by returning to the comfort of using size as an advantage.