I wouldn't say TJ was the best player in the beginning of the season. I always considered Jose better in the PG role, but that's besides the point.
I wouldn't say TJ was *the* "catalyst" that made us get the Division title last year. It was definitely a team effort. If anything ... I would say Garbajosa was very much a "key" part of that accomplishment as TJ (or anybody else) was.
Clearly, the Raps are missing Garbo's contribution this year.