Some NBA franchises are going to always find it difficult to attract superstar free agents. Whether it be taxes, climate or proximity to celebrities, some locations just don't appeal. Therefore, those franchises need to be innovators. For that, I give you George Karl.
As former Bleacher Report NBA Lead Writer Rob Mahoney writes on the Denver Nuggets and their head coach:
Karl is simply more willing to adapt to life without a superstar than many of his contemporaries, and his open-mindedness allows the Nuggets the explore every bit of their bizarre potential.
The Nuggets are not trying to attract the big free agents, because they know they have little chance against most glamorous franchises in New York, Miami, Dallas and Los Angeles. Instead, they are using innovation, and the innovation of their head coach, to try to win against these superstars with an assortment of role players.
As Mahoney states, pace, rotational flexibility and scoring balance are the pillars of Karl's philosophy.
He uses lineups to confuse opponents while also exhausting them both mentally and physically. Teams with superstars tend to hide their role players' weaknesses; Karl's Nuggets play to the entire team's strengths.
The Nuggets, who have six players averaging 10 or more points, are hovering around .500, but are still in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.