Originally posted by 9erReign:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Seems to me that small markets do just fine when they have good management.
I guess it is just coincidence that the small market teams that are successfully managed happen to have once in a decade talents fall into their laps (Duncan, Durant).
As opposed to the large market teams that are successfully managed?
And if franchise players were "once in a decade" type of talents, there would only be about one per decade, lol. In the last 20 years you've had Shaq, Duncan, Garnett, Kobe, LeBron, Howard, Durant, Rose. These guys aren't THAT rare.
Heck, Detroit...which is a mid-sized market...had 4 all-stars in their 20's, had the 2nd pick in the draft and won the title that following year. If they take Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, or Chris Bosh instead of Darko Milicic, they're sustainably successful for years to come. But they screwed up there, and gave money to guys that didn't deserve it, so they faded away.
There are no Oakland A's or Minnesota Twins in the NBA. Small market teams with good upper management that simply can't afford to retain quality players.