Ballerhogger wrote:Lets see here
Eric Gordon before he got hurt > crowder
This would make sense if a team or their rotation was all about 4 players. To compare the strength of a supporting cast, you have to be comparing the top 8. No team plays their starters 48 mpg in the post-season, so whether people like it or want to admit it or not, your first 2-3 players off the bench are a significant factor in how you end up doing, unless you just have a totally dominant starting lineup.
Rockets were a better team, but not because of what you listed here. Harden is the best player of all players on both teams first of all. Next, they had Capela, Ariza, Gordon, Tucker, and before he got injured and was unable to contribute, Mbah A Moute. A great combination of spot up shooting, length and switchability on defense with strong guards who won't get abused in the post.
Rockets team was easily his best supporting cast, they were #1 in offense and a top 5 defense. They could still have won it all if he didn't get injured, and in many recent years not playing against the GS jugernaut, that team would be a favorite against other previous champions even. None of this can be said about Phoenix, but if they make a run that changes our minds, then so be it.