GelbeWand09 wrote: MoMM wrote: GelbeWand09 wrote:
Yea for sure but Harden was more ''playoff Harden'' than regular season Harden
But no surprise when 3 teams (Lakers, Nets, Clippers) have 7 of the top 10-12 players in the leaque. Its a shame how uncompetitive players are over the last decade.
Well, at some point Rockets, Bulls and Jazz had MJ, Pippen, Hakeem, Drexler, Barkley, Malone and Stockton, so I'd say it's pretty likely they were 7 of the Top 10-12.
Barkley & Drexler on there last legs i woudnt count as top 10-12 necesarry. Difference is, Pippen & MJ were drafted to the same team. Stockalone same. The Rockets were early / mid 30 legends trying to win a ring to finish there careers. Not guys in there 20's forming superteams to win a easy chip.
I'll just wait and see how first rounds are playing out, but for decades nba has been star-centric league. Nowdays with stars teaming together it's just more disgusting i guess.
But let's not fool ourselfs, Lakers 20 years ago had : prime Kobe, prime Shaq and on top of it, they added Horry, Grant & Fox.
In year Detroit won they had Kobe, Shaq , Malone & Payton and Malone was 40 and way over a hill but still... Payton was 35 tho and year before averaged 20 points on 8 assists, so it's not like he was done.
2013-14 Heat: Lebron, Bosh, Wade, Ray Allen, Mike MIller , Rashard Lewis. Literally 5 allstars.
1997 Bulls had, in hindsight , 5 hall of famers on same team.
I'm pretty sure that late 80s Lakers best 5 players were all former top 4 picks ( Worhy, Thompson, Scott, Magic, Jabbar ) and othrer than i think Thompson, all were hall of famers.
NBA was never really that competitive, it's easly most easy to predict who wins championship sports league in the world. I'm watching soccer and even there there are lot of suprises, despite huge disparity in budget among teams
There have been 3 suprise champions in nba in last 30 years. Dallas, Detroit & Raptors, and literally all those teams were also stacked with hall of famers and not really that
suprising. Dallas was "big upset" but if you look back, they had hall of famer Dirk, former DPOY Chandler, one of best PGs in history in Kidd and one of best 6th man in last 20 years Terry, 3 times allstar Stojakovic and 4 times allstar Marion. Is it really that suprising they won?
Prediction day after Vuc, Gordon, Evan departure - most fans who are celebrating birth of new rebuild will be crying how rebuild is painful before 2022-23 season ends.
Date of writeup: March 26th, 2021.