I just read this very interesting article tracking NBA title winners.
"The Iron Law is simply this: to win an NBA championship the best player on a team has to be one of the five best players in the league and one of the two dozen or so best players of all time."
He also notes that there have only been two teams in NBA history in the last 51 seasons that were not led by a top 50 (of all-time) player - 1979 Sonics and 2004 Pistons.
Note - he rates players based on MVP voting and All-NBA appearances
This bodes well for the Celtics (with Garnett) - as it's much easier to acquire a few role players then it is to acquire a superstar in his prime...
Do you think any current Blazers will eventually be a top 5 player in the league or a top 50 player of all-time????
I realize it's very hard to tell, since our core is so young and unproven. But it can be fun to speculate.
Do you think we'll be an exception to this "Iron Clad rule" like the '79 Sonics or '04 Pistons, and win a title without a player of that caliber??
I find myself leaning that way, assuming there's no Durantian dynasty a la Jordan in the 90s)