Everything in sports these days is superstar-centric simply due to the fact entertaining players sell tickets and move merchandise.
You can be an incredibly successful team but if there isn't a sexy face to your franchise, fans seem to lose interest.
The 2007 San Antonio Spurs were boring to watch. That's nice. The 2004 Detroit Pistons didn't have any stars. Sure.
Ask their fans how they feel about those teams. Go to Detroit and ask the first guy you see rocking a Pistons jersey what 2004 felt like.
Bliss. I'm sure.
My point is, a basketball franchise doesn't need to follow the same instruction booklet every other team uses.
Just because the trend may be to get one superstar and surround him with adequacy, that doesn't mean a team can't be designed in a manner where the whole is the sum of its parts.
Do you remember the 1992 Cavaliers team? It came two wins from reaching the Finals. Who made up its rotation?
Brad Daugherty, Larry Nance, Craig Ehlo, Hot Rod Williams, Mark Price, John Battle, Steve Kerr, and Terrell Brandon.
All quality players. Young and old. No holes. No egos.
After the That Guy fiasco, the Cavs should take it back to building a team comprised of guys who just want to ball.
Look at the roster Pritchard put together in Portland. When key players got hurt, reserves stepped up and plugged the holes almost seamlessly.
That's how a team should be; not one in which the star falls and everything else collapses.