Can we win a title with this core group of players?
It's a question that every NBA front-office member asks himself or herself on a daily basis, pondering how far away from a championship they currently sit.
For the sake of consistency, I'm arbitrarily stating that a title core consists of three players. It doesn't matter what positions they play, but a trio is all that we get to think about when determining the most potent cores in the Association.
Not every team has one at the moment, though.
Some teams—the Boston Celtics, for example—have two great pieces, but the third hasn't yet emerged. Other squads just don't have enough talent to come anywhere close.
The title cores in this article have been broken down into four categories:
- "The Signs Are There. The Titles Won't Be for a While."
- "Don't Expect Anything in 2013-14. That Changes in 2014-15."
- "Now or Never"
- "Now and for the Foreseeable Future"
Does your team's core make it onto the list? More importantly, which category does it fall into?