Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Adding a Superstar: Intro

I've posted many times that the Grizzlies need a superstar to get them to the next level. In the next 5 posts, look at some of the superstars and how they'd affect the Grizzlies if they joined last year's squad.

For the purposes of this list, I won't look at players from all of the best teams, only individual's I think would make the biggest impact. For instance, Chauncey Billups, the best player on the Pistons, would definitely make the Grizzlies a much better team. However, he's not a superstar; the Pistons rely on his ability to lead a strong group of players who have all been All Stars and different times in their careers.

Similarly, Baron Davis wouldn't impact the Grizzlies in the same way he's impacted Golden State because of Golden State's style of play, and Jason Kidd's age reduces his impact on the young Grizzlies' team.

In fact, of the five I'll examine, only one player would solidify the Grizzlies at the top of the league, though each of the five would help the Grizzlies compete with the top teams.


Ben said...

get Boris Diaw!!!

David Jones said...

You'll have to wait and see if Boris makes the cut.

Mike said...

Ok, so here's the deal. Looking back at the last 10 years, who won the championship? 60% of the time, it was a team led by an "all time great" dominant force - MJ, Kobe and Shaq, Wade and Shaq. Then the other 4 championships were won by defensively focused disciplined teams (Spurs and Pistons). Since, you basically can't control whether or not you get an "all time great", you might as well try to build a unified team, and hope to get lucky through the draft and maybe land an all time great.

Most superstars are a waste. They're usually just overpaid, slightly better versions of Pau Gasol. I'd take mentally tough guys like Hinrich or Chauncey and their contracts and corresponding financial flexibility over a supposed superstar like Iverson, Carmelo, Arenas, T-mac (I'm still deciding on Lebron), because they love to play, never back down and they don't take up so much cap space that you can't afford to fill other gaps on the team.

The other huge thing is coaching. Three coaches have won all the championships in the last 10 years - Jackson, Pop and Pound for Pound. So, really the strategy should be built around getting guys that really love to play and compete and getting them coached by people who really know what they're doing.