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Which team would be the strongest without their best player?

New York Knicks
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20%
Los Angeles Lakers
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7%
San Antonio Spurs
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33%
Miami Heat
15
12%
Chicago Bulls
24
19%
Other
13
10%
 
Total votes : 129

Post#1 Best team without their best player?
Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:25 pm by shawngoat23

Which team do you think would be strongest if their best player missed extended time?
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Post#2 Re: Best team without their best player?
Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:31 pm by vegajf51

Miami heat would still make the playoffs in the east easy.
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Post#3 Re: Best team without their best player?
Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:35 pm by smith2373

The Spurs.
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Post#4 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:01 am by OneWhoKnocks

The Spurs without question. Forget just their best player, even without 4 of their best players they can still win games against 2/3 of the NBA teams out there.
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Post#5 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:06 am by vegajf51

The spurs without Parker would do nothing in the playoffs, Miami could still possibly win the east with wade+bosh, probably wouldn't but would have a shot. You guys forget how loaded Miami is, it's not just Lebron but he clearly is their best player. Wade+ Bosh deserve more respect.
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Post#6 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:07 am by Sinant

Interesting that the Thunder aren't there.

I mean, I think they'd be a lot worse than people think they would because just Westbrook is probably going to be pretty bad offensively, but he's still a Top 10 player.

With that said, the Spurs.
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Post#7 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:09 am by Axel

I think the Spurs would have the least decline in their overall level of performance, while the Heat would still be the better team. I think OKC would withstand the loss of its best player more than any of the teams listed. I think they would be the best team in the NBA, if every team lost its best player.
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Post#8 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:12 am by vegajf51

Axel wrote:I think the Spurs would have the least decline in their overall level of performance, while the Heat would still be the better team. I think OKC would withstand the loss of its best player more than any of the teams listed. I think they would be the best team in the NBA, if every team lost its best player.

Without durant Westbrook would need to average 40, lol! I love Westbrook but we wouldn't be that good. We would still be a great defensive team but would struggle to score.

And I agree with spurs least decline, but the question was the better team.
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Post#9 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:13 am by OptimusOne6

If people think Tony Parker is the Spurs best player then I would agree, but if they think its Tim then I would disagree.

Some players are more valuable than others but that doesn't necessarily mean they are better. It is mainly because the Spurs don't have much depth up front while they have a lot of depth in the back-court.
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Post#10 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:13 am by Ronito

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Post#11 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:13 am by KingAmmar

Raptors play Better without their supposed best player (Bargnani).
Howcome they are not an option!!!11ONE
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Post#12 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:24 am by Ganji

Spurs, you can't fight the system.
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Post#13 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:34 am by Axel

vegajf51 wrote:
Axel wrote:I think the Spurs would have the least decline in their overall level of performance, while the Heat would still be the better team. I think OKC would withstand the loss of its best player more than any of the teams listed. I think they would be the best team in the NBA, if every team lost its best player.

Without durant Westbrook would need to average 40, lol! I love Westbrook but we wouldn't be that good. We would still be a great defensive team but would struggle to score.

And I agree with spurs least decline, but the question was the better team.


Really though? Westbrook is the Thunder's best creator, I think they would be OK on the offensive end. I would expect him to thrive in a system that made him the primary scorer offensively, and still create for the rest of his team. OKC without KD could beat MIA without LBJ, I think.

But I did answer who was the better team. Out of the choices listed, its clearly Miami.
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Post#14 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:39 am by mirrornick

KingAmmar wrote:Raptors play Better without their supposed best player (Bargnani).
Howcome they are not an option!!!11ONE


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Post#15 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:50 am by EscapoTHB

The knicks don't seem to miss a beat when melo is out.

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Post#16 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:13 am by orangeparka

OKC, especially if they can get another rotation wing.

Have Kmart fill in KD's off-ball role and give RW the remaining shots, and I don't think they'd too as much worse off as any other team, by far.
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Post#17 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:44 am by 22haytham22

Raptors play better without bargnani hahahaha
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Post#18 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:54 am by HEAT33

The Heat.
Wade would step into Lebrons role of being the main go to player.

2 offensive weapons with Wade (healthy) and Bosh is what most teams would dream about.

Then you have Ray Allen also being an offensive threat. Wade could play SF in certain matchups playing small ball and have Ray Ray at SG.

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PG: Chalmers
SG: Ray Allen
SF: Dwayne Wade
PF: Battier/Haslem
C Bosh
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Post#19 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:19 am by nikomCH

Spurs, Knicks, Thunder I think would all do fine without their best player.

The Lakers would be a wreck without Kobe (as the roster stands right now) and the Heat would be pretty bad without LeBron imo especially with Wade not playing well.
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Post#20 Re: Best team without their best player?
Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:20 am by oaklandwarriors

If Bogut is the Warriors best player, it's the Warriors.
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