I’m not talking about Joe Johnson, Carlos Boozer, Antawn Jamison, or Vince Carter. I’m talking about the Kobe Bryants, the Tim Duncans, and the Dwayne Wades. Other than the 2004 Detroit Pistons, no other team has recently won an NBA championship without a certified superstar. As beautiful as it is to see a team with awesome teamwork and several consistent all-stars, you need superstars to win the championship.
Most often you want to have one or two superstars as well as one or two All-Star caliber players and contributors fulfilling other roles. It’s been shown time and time again that to be a champion, you need to have one of the top 10 players in the league. This player is your alpha-male, he scores a bulk of your points and has the ball in his hand during crunch time. His productivity in the clutch is the difference between whether he’ll have a Chris Webber or Tim Duncan career path.
This guy is a true franchise player, and only these players truly deserve max contracts. These guys are the Hall of Fame players, the players that produce legendary plays and can lead their team to victory. The Lakers have Kobe Bryant. The biggest superstar in the NBA today, and one of the best players of all time. His clutch performances and ridiculous array of shots is unmatched by anyone in the league today.
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