Before the 2007-2008 season Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined the Boston Celtics. Alongside Paul Pierce they formed the first "super" team of the modern era. They went on to win the NBA Championship that same season.
Last offseason LeBron James took his talents to South Beach along with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. Later on in the season Carmelo Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks and joined Amar'e Stoudemire and formed what many think are another super team. The Los Angeles Lakers also have multiple superstars on the team.
The Heat entered this year's NBA Finals as the favorites to win the championship. Who wouldn't bet on the Heat? They have LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, two of the most exciting players to ever play the game; let's not forget Chris Bosh, who is an All-Star in his own right.
The Dallas Mavericks came into the Finals and dominated the Heat.
Dallas has a superstar on their team in Dirk Nowitzki, but other than that they are filled with role players. Those role players simply dismantled the "super" team Heat.
All season long I've thought that the only way to win a championship is to have a "super" team. The way that superstar players have been coming together in the last few years it seemed to me that the only way to win was to have multiple superstars.
Are "super" teams the way to win a championship?
The Mavericks had an incredible playoff run. It could have just been a fluke; they could have just got hot at the right time and made a good run. On the other hand, the Mavericks could have proven to me, and the rest of the fans that thought like me, that you don't need a "super" team to win the title.
This should give teams like the Utah Jazz, the Sacramento Kings, the Oklahoma City Thunder and other small market teams hope that they still can compete to win a championship.
Maybe the Mavericks taught teams like the Heat, the Knicks and the Celtics a lesson this year; if you want to win a championship then you need role players. A Championship team doesn't consist of a few superstars and a bunch of nobodies, but rather a go-to guy and a bunch of solid role players.
It could have been a fluke, the Mavericks might have just got lucky this year, but if not, that could be the road map for teams in the future.