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Boston is a storied franchise and had 3 all stars.
The jury is still out on Houston.
Yes you can build a nice team after a few high lotto picks. Nice teams are not title contenders.
If you wanna be a title contender (legit one) you are gonna need to be able to attract super stars and / or draft a super star.
I dont care if they went to a game 7 or not. Dont be fooled. Plenty of inferior teams have played well and tested great teams before. They are just not on par with Miami. Not talent wise. We can revisit this topic once the Pacers make the Finals.Nope, Indiana is a legitimate contender - they took the eventual champions to game seven, upgraded their backup point guard spot (a big weakness last season), and are set to upgrade from Sam Young to Danny Granger as their first swingman off the bench.
What the hell does any of that have to do with anything. WHEN they won their title and was contending for titles they had 3 all stars. And to get all stars like that you either 1) Have to be a big market / storied franchise or 2) Strike gold in the lottery.Boston had Paul Pierce and Al Jefferson plus a whole bunch of expiring contracts and middling prospects. Make no mistake - the 2007 Boston Celtics were supposed to make the playoffs but fell apart due to injury, and Ainge spun almost the whole roster off in trades to completely revamp things. It wasn't "tank for years" - the last guy they drafted in the top 10 was Joe Johnson.
Foundation to be a contender doesnt = a contender. Like I said, the jury is still out on Houston.Right, they haven't built a solid foundation to a contender, nor do they have the assets to continue to acquire players. Really?
There are TWO ways to build a title team. Which is what ive been saying all along.You're the one saying anyone who doesn't have franchise players demanding trades there has to be picking in the top of the lottery, not me. There are other ways to build title teams than picking first overall - we've seen plenty of teams do it in the past decade+.
1) Get super stars in FA
2) Get a super star in the lottery
No super stars are coming to Charlotte. So that leaves us with option 2.
Last edited by DashGlobal; 07-18-2013 at 12:40 PM.
This is a different NBA than last decade. You got superstars teaming up a lot more now making it extremely harder to compete for smaller markets.
You trying to be technical? They got KG and Allen through trades. However you just cant trade a guy anywhere. Alot of times they have a say in it....Except neither of those things is what Boston did, and which is my point. You can continue to stockpile assets and roll expirings/cap space forward until you can swing trades to acquire the talent you need to compete. Of course, that requires that you don't fall in love with your own young talent to the point that you refuse to move them based on what they might have been three years ago. Then you wind up like Portland now.
When has Charlotte traded for a superstar,much less 2?
Our only hope is to strike gold in the lottery.
Plain and simple.
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