Winning in the NBA, when all is said and done, comes down to really only 2 things; match-ups and depth. I can prove it with a little formula I thought of for the All-Star game. To show a correlation between a team’s representation in the All-Star game and its place in the rankings, I’ve created a simple point system. 5 points per starter a team has and 3 points per reserve. The rankings worked out in this order.
4. Chicago Bulls – 5 points (1 Starter: Derek Rose)
– Orlando Magic – 5 points (1 Starter: Dwight Howard)
– New York Knicks – 5 points (1 Starter: Amar’e Stoudemire)
4. New Orleans Hornets – 5 points (1 Starter: Chris Paul)
5. Denver Nuggets – 5 points (1 Starter: Carmello Anthony)
7. Utah Jazz – 3 points (1 Reserve: Deron Williams)
9. Minnesota Timerwolves – 3 points (1 Reserve: Kevin Love)
First, let’s look at the East. Aside from the fact that the Heat and Celtics are currently 2nd and 1st in the actual current standings, respectively, this point system loosely reflects the standings of the top 6 teams in the Eastern Conference standings to date.
The Western Conference is a little more spread out, talent-wise. The team with the conference’s worst record is even represented with a reserve player (Kevin Love). However, the point rings true as all 3 top teams in the conference, San Antonio, Dallas and Los Angeles are all represented by 2 All-Stars, while the remaining 6 All-Stars are lone team selections.
I’m sure this same formula could be applied when the Lakers were boasting both Kobe and Shaq as All-Star starters back when they were winning 3 titles in a row. Nothing has changed. Only the names and faces.