CANTON, Ohio- I have one question for any basketball fans. It doesn’t matter who you’re a fan of. Are we seeing a new NBA from a roster standpoint? Let me explain.
The NBA has always had teams which featured multiple All-stars and in some cases, a super-star or two. Well, in the NBA, it’s been thought that, regardless of your starting five, you still must have a bench to win an NBA title.
In the 2016 NBA finals which featured Golden State up against Cleveland, everyone knows that Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit and won the title. Now, what does Golden State do? Let go of some bench players and open up enough cap space to sign Kevin Durant. They’ve played great together. The Warriors didn’t need much time to gel. Right now, they look unstoppable.
So, what’s my point? Will teams start to invest and depend more on their starting five than having a decent bench? Let me bring up baseball for an example. In 2016, the Cubs and Indians battled in the World Series. Cleveland was missing 2 starting pitchers, therefore, they brought in relief pitchers from around the 5th inning or 6th inning. Point? This year already. Teams that know they have a good bullpen seem to be only asking their starters to get to the 5th or 6th inning, then leaving it up to their bullpen to win the game.
In the NBA, it looks like Golden State wants to beat you only using their starters. The Warriors do not have a good bench. If you can “weather the storm” while playing Golden State, you have a shot at beating them. In MLB, if you can get to the starters early, you have a chance at winning. The good teams of MLB hope their starters can get to the 6th or 7th and then bring in the big arms.
Getting back to the NBA, I’m very serious when I ask, are we on the verge of seeing a new NBA? The ref’s? Terrible! Out of 30 teams, only 3 or 4 are legit contenders and that’s if their lucky. The NBA will never admit it, but they only care about quantity, not quality. If they cared about quality, they’d reduce the 82-game regular season down to 72 and the first round of the playoffs would only be a best of 5 game series. Also, instead of 8 teams from each conference making the playoffs, they’d dropped that number to six.
My last rant does involve rule changes and protected draft picks.
I’m so tired of seeing a foul called on a defender if the offensive player jumps into the defender. It’s not a natural shooting motion, it needs changed to an offensive foul. Secondly, if the shooter gets hit after the ball is released, as long as he has landed, it shouldn’t be a foul. The ball was already released and his feet have landed. No foul.
Next? Out with the draft lottery. It would be better off setup like the NFL. Every team has a draft pick, if they choose to, they can trade away their pick in that round. I hate the lottery for the NBA. The worst team gets the #1 overall pick. Regardless of the league, any team can tank a season on purpose. You can fine them all you want, it won’t matter. It’s been going on for a long time. It’s something that is out of any leagues control. You can tell by the way a team plays and body language whether they’re actually playing hard or not.
So how accurate do you think I am when I say that we may be seeing a new NBA when it pertains to roster dependency?
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Nick Broulis