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At the risk of stating the obvious: Teams can't win an NBAchampionship without great players.
Perhaps this isnt as obvious as it sounds. But its important, because itinforms the way people evaluate the Houston Rockets and their general manager,Daryl Morey.
A popular narrative in these NBA Finals is that there is the plucky, organiclittle Midwestern (and vaguely collegiate) underdog team (the Oklahoma CityThunder) facing the evil, store-bought monolithic monster (the Miami Heat).
The Thunders Kevin Durant is among the most likable superstars, while the HeatsLeBron James has become one of the most divisive figures in American sports. Durantand James arent the only superstars on their respective conferencechampionship teams.Having multiple superstars is the only way to win an NBAchampionship, which means the starless Rockets are further away than we think.
We can split hairs over terminology and Im not trying to define JamesHarden as a "superstar" in the most common sense of the word -- buttake a quick look at the Thunder's roster. The starting lineup has a No. 2overall pick in Durant, a No. 3 overall pick in Harden and a No. 4 overall pickin Russell Westbrook.Meanwhile, Miamis starting lineup has three of the top fiveplayers taken in the 2003 draft. James wentfirst, while Chris Bosh was fourth and Dwyane Wade fifth.
A lot has been said of the Rockets' need to acquire either a high draft pick ora known star player through a trade or free agency, and it's true they need todo that. But they need to do it two, three, maybe four times.
Its no secret that the Rockets don't have a superstar on their roster. Ask 10random people who Houstons best player is and the answers would likely rangefrom Kyle Lowry to Luis Scola to "does Tracy McGrady still playthere?"
The Rockets do have a former No. 2 overall pick in Marcus Camby, but he's 38and nearing the end of his career. The rest of the roster is made up ofmid-first-round picks, at best. That type of talent, a the Rockets havelearned, will make a team just good enough to keep getting mid-first-roundpicks.
If the Rockets don't blow up the roster this offseason, there will be plenty ofpressure to make the playoffs in 2013 ... maybe enough to turn it into amake-or-break season for Morey, who in April began his sixth season as the Rocketsgeneral manager.
Morey has a roster that is at least two major talents away from making a run ata championship. Will he be able to accomplish making those additions? TheRockets hopes of a successful future depend on it.
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