Every year it is same scenario. Defense wins the championship. But we know it takes more than that to get the title. It takes scoring, rebounding, coaching among many other factors. One can say they are all same thing really, that it is all about a team coming together at the right time. But not all teams are constructed the same way to win a title. The Spurs formula, for example, has been different than the one-two punch that Lakers employed in early 2000s.
Consider the following the table. It lists the players who led the winning team in scoring in respective title years. For simplicity I only listed the first three contributors, but I think it's enough of a projection for team's dynamics. The gold color represents the rebound leader on the winning team, while the purple color is the symbol for the assist leader. There are certain instances that same player led the team in both rebounding and assisting, where I labeled them with purple background and gold highlighted text.
I know it is not the time to be speculating things like playoffs, and titles. We are nowhere close to that level. But it is possible that among the players we have on our team, there will be a bunch of them that may be playing in our "hypothetical" title team. In that case, which players would project to emulate a winning team on that table?
More or less we know where our strengths lie now. D'Angelo is a scorer and playmaker hybrid. Randle would lead the team in rebounding. Can Clarkson play a role on that 3-men lineup? Which other "hypothetical" player can shoot us to that conversation? The obvious answers are likes of Durant, Westbrook etc. I know. But I'm not talking about this summer. I'm talking about the future. 3-5 years from now when Russell and Randle are more mature, and they are kicking ass on daily basis. I think this is a fun discussion to have with comparisons to all time winning teams.
Edited by Tensai, February 13, 2016 - 08:04 AM.