Is the Super Team Concept Hurting the NBA? I Don't Know Maybe

On July 8, 2010 Lebron James held a hour long special on ESPN announcing he was taking his talents to south beach to team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and just like that the concept of the super team was born. Was this really the first super team to exist in the NBA? Or was this super team concept already put into effect in Boston. I would argue yes Boston was the first to build a modern day super team. Matter of fact they were the ones that the phrase "Big 3" was coined, and is now synonymous throughout the NBA. Which brings me to the Golden State Warriors which is the latest super team to be formed, but now the formation of this team is being accused of being unfair. They are so dominate as a super team that every organization and every player are now involved in a basketball arms race to try to do their best impression of the super team concept to be able to compete with the Warriors. The G.O.A.T. himself Michael Jordan was quoted as saying "I think it's going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint,"and he goes on to say "You're going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage"These quotes were taken from an interview he did with Cigar Aficionado Magazine. Is Jordan right? On the surface one may say yes, but when you step back and really look at the situation with perspective I would say no. The formation of the aforementioned Golden State Warriors super team was formed by a numerous amount of factors. Factor one: Stephen Curry's health. We soon for get how bad Steph's ankles were and how he signed a team friendly contract, because nobody knew whether he could stay health or not. Also nobody knew that Steph would ultimately turn into a two time MVP and one of the best players in the league. Factor Two: The drafting of Draymond Green. Draymond was taken in the second round with the 35 overall pick. He was seen as out of shape, not really great at anything on the court just a player that did a lot things well, and it was some uncertainty about what position he would play.  We must remember when he came out of college that position less basketball wasn't really in vogue yet. It took for David Lee to get injured and miss several games for Draymond to even get into the starting lineup and become the Draymond Green we now know and love. Factor three: Not going through with the Kevin Love for Klay Thompson trade. Jerry West and Steve Kerr had the foresight to keep Klay and create the greatest shooting back court the NBA has ever seen. Their ability to shoot the ball at such a ridiculous level allows them to spread the floor and space the court in a way that has never been seen before. This spacing allows for driving lanes and because you have to guard them out to almost to half court it causes the help side defender to have to close out and cover to much ground to get back to the man they are defending. The warriors are exceptional passing team and with space like that on the court it makes them impossible to guard. Factor Four: Warriors losing to Cleveland in the finals. This is a no brainier if Draymond does not get suspend the Warriors win the championship and Kevin Durant does not join the Warriors. Factor five: The organization and the culture they have built in Golden State. There is something to be said to having a well run organization drafting right and listening to the people you have entrusted to make personnal decisions. Kevin Durant stated himself how the culture that has been built in Golden State was one of the reasons he wanted to come play there. The Final Factor: LUCK! Yes I said it you have to have some luck to be successful and when a championship. you have to remain healthy they have not had a major injury during this whole run. Nobody knew that Steph was going to be Steph and nobody for sure knew Draymond was going to be Draymond with the exception of Draymond himself. It took for Draymond to get suspend in the finals and the Warriors subsequent loss to the Cavs for KD to join the team. So with all that being said the real issue is the balance of talent being more concentrated in the West, and not to mention several franchises are poorly run. I will say this with players in this era finally understanding their worth and power teams have a very small window for error. So you have to know what your doing as an organization. Owners are now forced to hire competent people who know what they are doing to run their organizations if they want to be successful. Lastly you do not win championships with average players history shown us you need two if not three great superstar type players to win. Isiah Thomas's Pistons teams and the Rip, Wallace, Rasheed, and Chauncey team as the exception not the rule to win championships with either one superstar in Isiah's case or none in that 04 Pistons team. The only difference and granted it is a major difference that these players have realized their power and have the power to choose where they play and who they decide to team up with. The GM's would but these teams together in the past. Which I will never understand why its ok for the GM to build a super team, but not the players. I always say look who Magic played with, Bird, Jordan, Dr. J, Shaq and the list goes on and on. The NBA is in a great space right now as far as talent is concerned, the most important question is how to get the talent better distributed throughout the league. Things go in cycles and peaks and valleys before it balances back out, but with that being said the super team concept was always here and will always exist.