A number of NBA teams started the season with their key star player recovering from an injury, and fans naturally worried about how their favorite squad would fare in their leaders' absence. These players are superstars for a reason, and their teammates rely on them to carry them to victory.
However, despite these players not being on the court, the teams that are sans superstar have fared quite well over the first two weeks of the season. Not one has been absolutely terrible, and as of this afternoon, each one is at .500 or better.
The fact is that in the absence of the alpha dogs, the other players on each of the teams missing a key component have stepped up and kept their team in competition. From the Minnesota Timberwolves being near the top of their division to the Dallas Mavericks playing well minus Dirk Nowitzki, the teams that most thought would stumble out of the starting gate have fared much better than anticipated and are playing to the cheers of fans.
It just goes to show that in some particular cases, the absence of a team's best player proves just how good a team can be.