NBA Preview: A Season Filled with Speculation and Player Movement

September 24th, 2010 by Jesse Dorsey Leave a reply »
The NBA is in a transitional period. Ever since the Boston Celtics compiled a triumvirate of superstars in 2007, the goal of general managers across the NBA has mainly been to create a team of superstars, a super-squad.

Now with the creation of the trio of stars that have aligned themselves in South Beach, the transition has been almost full-fledged. Miami now has two bona fide superstars, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, and a perennial All-Star in Chris Bosh.

The Chicago Bulls of the 1990s, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, made popular the method of centering a team around a superstar, getting him a sidekick, and using role players whose strengths cover the flaws of others and whose flaws are covered by the strengths of others.

Since 1990, every NBA champion, with the exception of the 2004 Pistons and the 2008 Celtics, have followed in the steps of the Jordan-era Bulls.

Now, the main teams that are following this method with success are the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Orlando Magic, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The goal of teams is to stuff as many A-list players into the lineup as possible and fill the other spots wit ...

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