Miami Heat and Boston Celtics: Welcome To the Superteam Era of the NBA

September 7th, 2010 by Shane DePutron Leave a reply »
By the looks of things, parity is now dying in the NBA.

During recent years, the league has adopted an, "if you can't beat them, join them" mentality, as a trend has begun to develop in which superstar players have sought to team up with, rather than compete against, one another. 

As a result, the gap between the strong and the weak has begun to widen, with only a few "superteams" now actually being considered to be in championship contention.

Welcome to the superteam era of the NBA.

Yet the league wasn't always like this. So how and why did it get to this point?

Precedent and Competition

In the summer of 2007, the Boston Celtics were able to negotiate trades for perennial All-Stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.  Although both individuals were slightly past the peaks of their careers at the time, when combined with Paul Pierce, they made for quite a formidable trio.

In their first season together, the Celtics earned the league's best record at 66-16, made it to the 2008 NBA Finals, and defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. 

However, their trade partners immediat ...

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