You really believe that your team has a shot at an NBA title?
More than half the league began this season already looking to a potential lottery pick—the peasants hope that some crumbs might accidentally drop down to their level while the league's royalty enjoys the main course.
Although it may be true that value can be found throughout a deeply talented NBA, it's also true that teams in the NBA need one, two or maybe three superstars to be considered a realistic contender.
It's no longer about the greatest player or even the greatest tandem, it's now about the greatest collection of superstars.
Here's a quick rundown of NBA Champions from the past 13 years. Take note of the names accompanied next to each team: Every champion has two top-tier superstars or one superstar paired with multiple stars. (The only exception may be the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons, a team evenly loaded with talent.)
2011-12: Miami Heat (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh)
2010-11: Dallas Mavericks (Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion)
2009-10: Los Angeles Lakers (Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest, Lamar Odom)
2008-09: Los Angeles Lakers (Bryant, Gasol, Odom, Trevor Ariza, Bynum)
2007-08: Boston Celtics (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo)
2006-07: San Antonio Spurs (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili)
2005-06: Miami Heat (Wade, Shaquille O'Neal, Antoine Walker)
2004-05: San Antonio Spurs (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili)
2003-04: Detroit Pistons (Richard Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace)
2002-03: San Antonio Spurs (Duncan, Parker, Ginobili)
2001-02: Los Angeles Lakers (Bryant, O'Neal)
2000-01: Los Angeles Lakers (Bryant, O'Neal)
1999-2000: Los Angeles Lakers (Bryant, O'Neal)
Superstars are needed—case closed.
When examining each NBA franchise in 2012-13 and what it will take for that franchise to become a realistic championship contender, sometimes it's obvious what the team needs: At least one superstar and probably even two.
Here's a team-by-team glance of how far away each franchise is from a realistic title shot.
(All stats and records reflect all games played prior to Sunday, Nov. 18)