Sometimes, less is more.
That lesson has come home to roost in a big way in the NBA so far through the 2013-14 season. Injuries, early action on the trade market and uneasy team chemistry in certain cities have sparked change across the Association, some of which has been for the best.
It's too early to say whether any of this year's examples of "addition by subtraction" properly support the "Ewing Theory." For those of you who aren't familiar, the Ewing Theory, first posited by Bill Simmons, suggests that some teams fare better after losing their best players to injuries, trades or free agency.
Still, there's no shortage of cases across the basketball landscape that fit the basic criteria of "less is more." With the All-Star Game right around the corner, we figured it best to fashion the most pertinent instances into a squad of guys whose respective teams have either held the fort or far exceeded expectations without them.