Star Power: Does the NBA Rely Too Heavily on the Same Stars?

Steven ElonichCorrespondent IMay 12, 2011

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The stars joining stars mindset in the NBA is beginning to diminish the quality of everyday basketball we see. It certainly isn't LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, or Chris Bosh's fault as they were not the first ones. The Celtics "Big Three" began a surge of "We need each other to win" thoughts around the NBA.

Most average NBA players cannot name two players on the Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves, or Toronto Raptors. In comparison to the average NFL fan, who can usually name at least a few players off of each team, given NFL teams have more players.

Sure, the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies are still in the hunt even with a lack of "star power." Derrick Rose is on the Bulls, but he wasn't necessarily considered a superstar outside the city before the season began. They wanted LeBron James and Chris Bosh to come and assist Rose, but we all know how that ended. They ended up settling for a flurry of average players who have mended well and it was worked out for them, so far.

Memphis has had a spectacular post-season for the players they have. Unfortunately, it's very likely that they will be fished out this summer and they may not be able to return to the playoffs in 2012.

On the other side of these two teams, there are LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Joe Johnson and Dirk Nowitzki, representing the Heat, Thunder, Hawks, and Mavericks

Representing the Bulls and Grizzlies: Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Marc Gasol, O.J. Mayo, and Zach Randolph.

It seems as if the former has a tad more star power.

So what ideal is better? Close knit average players from top to bottom with one star or no stars, or stocking your team so it's top heavy with no real depth? I guess we'll find out in this years playoffs if the Bulls finish off the Hawks and play the Heat.

Excluding Atlanta, let's all hope that comes about.