Rob Mahoney at SI with a long look at Denver and their title chances. Particularly relevant as the Hornets try to build around Davis with cap space in a small market and a high draft pick in a shitty lottery.
First and foremost is the lack of a superstar player, much less the two or three stars traditionally considered requisite for contention
Yet most of what a superstar provides for a contender can be boiled down to an economy of function. It’s convenient to have a vast collection of those necessary skills and attributes distilled into one player, but a superstar is only as necessary as those underlying qualities afforded. Typically, chief among those traits is the capacity to create efficient offense
He goes on to break down the system the Nuggets use and the way they have talent that fits that system. Particularly how great they are in clutch situations.
Also a nice blurb about 2 other teams without traditional superstars.
Also implicated in the discussion of whether NBA teams need superstars are the Pacers and Grizzlies, two of the best examples of how sound a lineup can be without a single transcendent talent. Both franchises have gone about constructing more balanced lineups as a means of accounting for the lack of a dominant player, but as a result Memphis and Indiana boast the two most effective high-usage lineups this season