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The Boston Celtics recently popularized this theory by uniting Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and immediately winning an NBA championship in 2008, and the Miami Heat's trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh only furthered the idea by winning the 2012 title after joining together two summers before.
At this point, the theory is that a team without a single superstar can't contend for an NBA championship. Not when you're going up against super trios like James-Wade-Bosh or the former Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden triple threat.
Realistically, teams need two superstars to stand any chance against star-studded rosters like the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder or the two Los Angeles teams.
The Derrick Rose-led Chicago Bulls and 2004 Detroit Pistons would beg to differ, however.
Rose doesn't have another true superstar by his side, unless you're wearing thick enough beer goggles to consider Carlos Boozer for that distinction. It's pure conjecture to imagine what would have happened in the 2012 playoffs had Rose not torn his ACL in the first game of the first round, but suffice it to say, the Bulls didn't earn the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference in 2011-12 for no reason.
Teams without a single superstar will realistically find themselves at a major disadvantage against some of the more star-centric rosters come playoff time, as those teams will likely have better-defined roles in late-game, high-pressure situations.
That doesn't mean that a single-superstar team, like Rose's Bulls or the Orlando Magic back in the Dwight Howard days, can't win an NBA championship. Surrounded with the right pieces, those teams have just as much of a chance as the teams loaded with stars.