In the NBA, sometimes the best formula for winning is merely to dump dead weight. The then-New Jersey Nets did this in the summer of 2001, trading selfish point guard Stephon Marbury to the Phoenix Suns for Jason Kidd. Sure enough, they made the NBA Finals in 2002.
The practice of addition by subtraction has since become common in the NBA. Teams may be a significant move or player away from seriously contending, and if that means getting rid of a key member, so be it. Winning doesn't come easy, and sometimes, risky sacrifices need to be made.
Quite a few teams have succeeded this year thanks to addition by subtraction. The Golden State Warriors are finally free of the poisonous contract of Monta Ellis, and the Philadelphia 76ers are now finally taking full advantage of their youth after trading Andre Iguodala.
It may seem like an odd choice at times, but addition by subtraction clearly works. In terms of the NBA teams that have used it recently, the results speak for themselves.
All statistics in this article are accurate as of Monday, December 10, 2012