I don't think it was that. Those guys were more consistent, didn't need to develop, played fundamentally sound, knew the system well, etc. As a coach, it is more comforting having someone like Dyess on the floor than someone like earlyDarko, or Amir. The problem as I see it is that the potential instantly becomes limited when you take development out of the equation. If your team already has the goods to win it all (like we did in '04), then that works. This year it was clear that we were not one of the top 5 teams in the league. So what's the point in going with the dependable vets? To sneak into the 8th playoff spot? Arguably, that is the worst possible outcome for an NBA season. No chance at a title and no chance at winning the lottery.