Originally posted by sacniner:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
I disagree with His Holiness on this one. As you mentioned, the talent pool is much broader than it used to be, and I think that marginal players from previous eras would have a hard time making today's teams, not the other way around.
And San Antonio has proven that a well-run franchise can thrive, even if they're in the 37th largest market in the country. And the Knicks have proven that being in a big market doesn't mean squat in the NBA. It all comes down to the quality of your upper management. Oklahoma City is building quite an impressive young squad as well, because they're making intelligent decisions. That's all that matters, IMO.
Good points. If a small market team can keep a superstar (Duncan in SA or Durant now and in the future in OKC) they can have a chance. But if you look at teams who win the championship it's almost always big market teams. Free agents don't want to play in small markets.
I think that building a championship squad is almost entirely based upon the draft in the NBA. LeBron, Wade, Kobe, Duncan, D12, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony, and virtually every star player of significance is still with the team that drafted them. Almost every NBA team has been over the salary cap, and in the cases of large markets and small markets alike, the teams that have been bad have greatly overpaid for players and paid the price.
I can't think of too many players that a team wanted to keep, but didn't for financial reasons.
For example, last year the biggest free agents were either re-signed by their team, or went to Toronto (Hedo), Portland (Miller), and Detroit (Gordon, Villanueva).
[ Edited by LA9erFan on Jan 20, 2010 at 15:16:31 ]