Originally posted by dcsham:
Eh, Spurs, Pistons, Rockets, and Heat are all basically smaller market teams that have won championships, and OKC was close last year. Get good management, draft well, and you can win in this league.
But what is it about the NBA formula for success that makes it a league full of have's and have not's? It basically becomes a superstar driven league. Spurs won the Duncan lottery. OKC won the Durant lottery. The Rockets won the Hakeem lottery. (And even then had Jordan been playing in 94 and 95, they wouldnt be on this list.) The Pistons that won with pure team defense are one of the only exceptions.
Going into each NBA season, there are a small handful of power teams, and everyone knows the winner will come from that group. What are the odds that the team who wins this season is not one of the Heat, Thunder, Lakers, Spurs, or Bulls? Could a small market team with less talent than those teams win it? Possibly, but what are the chances? Far too many fanbases enter a season with no hope. At least in the NFL and MLB you get surprise teams that make a serious playoff run against the odds.
In the NBA, theres a hierarchy of classes each team fits into. If youre a Lakers or Spurs fan? Youre going to be a 1-3 seed most every season. If youre a Nuggets, Jazz, Blazers, etc fan, youre going to be a 4-8 seed every year, and if youre a Warriors. Kings, T-Wolves fan, youre probably going to have to pray for an 8 seed, and thats pushing it.
Obviously these classes can change over time with signings and drafts, but that can take years, and if youre team finally makes it up a level, another has fallen back into the crap pile for the next decade. There is never consistent parity between most every team, which is funny because the NBA lets over 50% of the teams into the playoffs.