Along with the importance of chemistry that I wrote about previously, is the importance of team. Does a team need 2, 3 or even 4 stars in order to win a championship? Or, can a team made of role players with perhaps second tier stars who play as a team and pull together for a common goal do as well as a team with one or more super stars?
It's easy to point to the success of the 1986 Celtics with their Big 3 of Bird, McHale and Parish or to the 2007 with their Big 3 of Pierce, Garnett and Allen, or to the 2012 Heat with James, Wade and Bosh and say that having 3 super stars on a team does give a distinct advantage to a team. But, the question is, does a team have to have superstars in order to win?
And then there was the Rockets team back in 1996 when they brought their own big 3 trying to win it all. From an article in the Sporting News back in 1996:
One great player can get a team on NBC. Two great players will give a team an excuse to print playoff tickets But in tod...