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What does it take to be an NBA Champion?

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  1. BillLaimbeer

    BillLaimbeer All-Star 4x Fantasy Champion Forum Donor

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    Here are some of the numbers for the last 8 NBA Champions (in 1999, there were only 50 games played):

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    So, what does all of this mean?
    1. You don't necessarily have to be a #1 seed, but top 3 is nice.
    2. You don't have to sweep through every series in the playoffs. Just keep on advancing.
    3. Having a top 10 offense is a good thing.
    4. Having a top 10 defense is also a good thing.
    5. Having an All-Star or two on your roster doesn't hurt your chances.

    So, do the Pistons have a chance this year?
    1. The Pistons are on pace to finish 57-25. Okay.
    2. The Pistons are headed toward a #2 seed in the conference. Okay.
    3. At 97.8 ppg, the Pistons are scoring the 14th most points. Not so good.
    4. Allowing 90.2 ppg, the Pistons are giving up the 2nd fewest points. Okay.
    5. There is a good chance Detroit will have one or two All-Star reserves. Okay.

    The Pistons appear to be in the mix, but so are several other teams:

    * Dallas and Washington (yes, the Wizards) are the only two NBA teams that currently rank in the top 10 offense and top 10 defense (points per game).
    * Boston has the #1 defense and currently ranks #12 in offense.
    * There are 5 teams (Phoenix, Golden State, Lakers, Denver, Utah) averaging 105+ points per game, but when looking at the numbers, the old cliche' "Defense wins championships" appears to be more than just a cliche'.
    * Perhaps the biggest surprise so far this year is New Orleans. Currently the #2 seed in the West, the Hornets have the 4th best defense and the 13th ranked offense.
     
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    Well, Flip's got that! We're all set.
     
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    Hall of fame calibur coach.

    Common thread for the past 20 years...
     
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    That's huge. In that table we have Phil, Pop, LB and Riles.
     
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    And the odds of Flip making it on to that table in the next few seasons are slim & none.
     
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    At least that's what it looks like so far. Do you think Rivers will get there first?
     
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    Barring a season-ending injury to one of the big 3, I think his odds are pretty good. If one of those guys goes down (Allen would be my 1st guess), no way.
     
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    I like his chances better, yes. I've always thought Rivers was a good coach.
     
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    With the wheel coming off in Miami, you gotta think that the HEAT championship was a fluke. Every other champion has something it can hang its hat on. Top 3 in either offense or defense. The Heat were not particularly adept at either...but the got a lot of calls. hmmm. :stirthepot:
     
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    I concur. Considering that only four coaches have won the last 12 titles, if your coaches' last name is not Riley, Jackson, Brown or Popovich then your team will come up short with only a division or conference cap to wear and/or a banner to hang. :second:

    You might be able to add Rudy and Daddy rich in that group too and then go back and say that only Lakers, Bulls, Spurs, Pistons, Rockets and Heat were lucky enough or worthy of winning a ring since 1987. That's six teams in 21 years and every season at least 20 think they have a shot at it no matter how much their players and coaches suck!!
     
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    C'mon now......let's add Flip to that list..........
     
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    Also, if your team's uniform doesn't have Yellow, Black, or Red in it, then you probably won't win a ship, cause that has been the case for the last 12 years.

    That would eliminate the Celtics!
     

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