NBA Super Teams: Confirming the Existence of What You Should Already Know
OK, so there are those who think they know NBA basketball but are not exactly keen on admitting that there are indeed teams in the league that should be conferred the “super team” status. Some of them might even say that every team has its own brand of stars, so it all pans out. But they are missing the point, either because their own favorites don’t have the kind of superstars that can push their team to a real chance at a Championship, or because they simply don’t get it.
There are different types of super teams. And there are different ways of determining those different kinds.
For example, if you were to look at the teams that equated to being super back in the day, you had to look at those that did win the Championship courtesy of their collection of star players. Case in point: the Jordan Era Chicago Bulls. Some of those teams did feature future Hall of Famers, such as Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman. But before they could be called a super team, they had to put in the work; they had to have started not as super players, but regular players who came into their own at some point. They probably had to be part of a camp or two like ones hosted by Intensive Basketball Camp. Most of all, they had to win the Championship. Jordan’s Bulls won it six times.
There are also modern era super teams. And when you say today’s super teams, you are probably talking about a hyped super team even before the team has played a single regular season game. Case in point: the all-new for 2016-17 Golden State Warriors. Golden State’s signing of MVP Kevin Durant to join MVP Stephen Curry and his fellow All Stars and 2014-15 champions Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala, may not be an assurance of a title, but you can’t deny that this team is equipped to go to war.
The reigning champion Cavaliers’ Big Three, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love, together with a set of talented teammates led by JR Smith, are also poised to return to the Finals. Even if the San Antonio Spurs have lost Tim Duncan to retirement, they still have Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, and Manu Ginobili, among other big time players. If you can’t see the super in that team, you’re not looking very closely.
And then you have to consider those teams built with pieces that were once the biggest and brightest — the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, for example — and you can’t deny that in their own right, they can still be called super teams. If you’re feeling generous, you might even consider Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler’s Chicago Bulls as another super team.
You may not agree with the concept of a super team — Adam Silver himself doesn’t think they’re good for the league — but that doesn’t mean they’re not there. One thing is for sure, though: just because you’re a super team doesn’t mean the other teams can’t be your kryptonite.