The Ewing Theory is completely flawed because Ewing was a shadow of his former self when that Simmons came up with that. In his prime, the Knicks were certainly not better when he was out. When he was old, he couldn't impact the game like he used to, but the team still played with him as if he was in his prime. It didn't work. If a team that had Shaq on it tried to play as if he was in his prime, they would play better when he was off the court. That's why he works in Boston. He's a role player who's playing a career low 20 mpg and only taking 5 shots per game. Ewing should have been relegated to a role player role when he hit, like, 35, but at 37 he was still playing more than 30 mpg and taking 12.5 shots per game.
Applies to contenders? LOL. The Ewing Theory doesn't apply to anything. I just don't understand why some people want to believe in this so badly that they start adding qualifiers to try and make it fit where it doesn't (i.e. mostly everywhere). IMO, it's a joke made up by Bill Simmons that probably has him laughing his ass off everytime somebody references it or tries to take it seriously.
The Raptors are much better without Bosh at any rate. If he was still around, this team would still be playing mediocre baskteball. it would be better mediocre baskteball, but nonethless mediocre basketball.