The six trends that defined the first half of the 2022-23 NBA season

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic are having MVP-type seasons -- and they're not the only stars shining. Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images

While the All-Star break isn't for another month, the second half of the 2022-23 NBA season has already begun. All of the league's teams have played at least 41 games, which means it's a perfect time to look at some trends that have developed over the course of the season -- some of which have upended what we thought about the league in October and others of which have confirmed things we've learned over the past few seasons.

Will these six major trends hold up over the second half of this season? That remains to be seen. For now, let's break down the big on-court developments that have defined the first half.

1. Superstars are shining brighter than ever

It was just 10 years ago that not a single NBA player averaged 30 points per game over the course of the 2012-13 season. Only 11 players even topped 20 points per game that year.

A decade later, the superstar revolution is in full swing.