And I'm not sure if I like the WS/48 definition so much. By that definition, a guy like Pau Gasol suddenly 'became' a superstar after being traded from Memphis to the Lakers. I think playing with Kobe and Phil Jax coaching might have had something to do with that.
What about these guys? Kevin Love, Tyson Chandler, Nene (DEN), Jameer Nelson (ORL), Ryan Anderson (ORL), Bosh (TOR), Billups (DEN). They've all been over 0.200 WS. Are they superstars? When did Tim Duncan stop being a superstar?
Houston Rockets acquired not one, but two borderline superstars in their prime, and just got knocked out by Portland rather handily. And they've got some nice role players like Jones, Parsons, Lin and Beverley.
Our actual draft selections will answer this question
We can potentially trade up for a rotation player using some our assets (Hansbrough, Salmons)
It won't be a superstar, but Masai is great at finding talent in places like these
But the real gem that will make us into contenders is the 2016 pick
It's almost certain that Carmelo is leaving this summer
Knicks have cap space in 2015 but by that time, the roster will have no up and coming talent (save for Tim Hardaway and maybe Shumpert). Unless Hardaway comes up, I don't see free agents coming right away
So the pick is probably gonna be lottery for sure
- Do I like the team getting playoff experience? Absolutely.
- Do I like American media giving the city props? Damn skippy.
- Do I like our fans getting love from opposing players? You know it.
- Do I like DD, Ross and JV all learning they need to get stronger and better defensively? Of course.
The culture change has started. Less tank talk. More talk of how much we give Lowry to stay.
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