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When Miami formed an artificial roster, consisting of players that had played the majority of their career elsewhere, teams began experimenting and seeing if they could produce the same success.
The Knicks acquired both Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, but despite their individual success, they mixed together as smoothly as oil and water. Neither were meant to play with each other, which is the main reason for the team's failure this season.
The Clippers tried their hand at this as well, acquiring Chris Paul from the Hornets, and trying to pair him with Blake Griffin. While the two certainly developed more chemistry than the Knicks' duo, their current status shows that this experiment is overrated.
Despite piecing together talent, the Clippers were embarrassed in the second round when they were swept by the Spurs.
In San Antonio, they are using a different strategy to be successful. Only one player on their entire roster was a lottery pick—Tim Duncan—with the rest all being drafted in the late first round or second round.
Even their two other stars fell into their laps late into the draft, with Parker being selected late first, and Manu falling all the way to the final picks of the second.
With this crew, they played a different style of basketball. Not one that relies only on one player's production, but one that combines the efforts of the entire team.
On any given night, a different player can take over, but much of that dominance can be credited to the entire team's effort in order to get him open in the first place.
The Spurs showed fans of this decade the proper way to play basketball, one without tricks and gimmicks. They play as a team, and in the end, that was how basketball was supposed to be played in the first place.