The Raps success has been impressive (check). Their winning % since the trade is on par with the Clippers (for the year - 34-17). They've won tough games and played very well against the top teams.
All that said, the success is very recent and in many ways untested. You need some playoff experience. We'll all look completely differently at this season if:
a) The Raps fold in the first round like Bosh vs. the Nets and crap out of the playoffs.
b) The Raps make the 2nd round and play a great 6+ game series against the Pacers (conceivable) or the Heat (much less likely).
Either scenario could easily happen. This team has impressed me and I think this roster is underrated, but I also recognize we're not nearly as stable as a roster built on LBJ/Durant/Chris Paul, etc.
Lowry's future and the playoffs are like a two part fulcrum for this entire season, for me. That'll determine where Ujiri's at in his team building quest. They may still be years away, or they may be an awful lot closer than any of us expected at the start of the season.
I think having a superstar offers both stability in team building, as well as stability from night to night in the form of a consistent producer.
I think the superstar really makes team-building a lot easier, since lesser role players can be subbed in and out who can fulfill similar roles.
I think that a team like the mid-decade pistons are built on a much shakier foundation than ones centered around a single superstar. So many elements have to line up perfectly both as an on court product, and under CBA rules. There are more pieces with significant roles to manage.
But I do think it's possible for a team like ours to have success, and may be easier than trying to land a superstar in the first place.
Last edited by stooley; Wed Feb 5th, 2014 at 04:37 PM.
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