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Old 10-22-2012, 11:18 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by jeffb View Post
Depth also means you can absorb an injury to a key player(s) and still win games.
Originally Posted by fancylad View Post
maybe my initial post was too harsh, but really depth isn't near as important as having one or two guys that are that much better than the rest.
What happens when one of those guys gets injured? The Lakers wished they had depth in 2008 against the Celtics. As good as Kobe, Odom and Gasol are/were the Celtics' starting lineup was just as good if not better and their bench was much better. The loss of Bynum was huge and they weren't able to make up for it. Depth also helps key players to get some rest. The Suns for example (05-07 mainly), had a few key players and were generally 7, maybe 8 deep. That wasn't enough. Their key guys took a toll due to how much they had to play throughout the season. Their lack of depth showed when they played against the Spurs who always have depth.

Regarding the raps having some good 3rd stringers, it's better than having random 3rd stringers. If for example, Jose gets injured or his dealt and no PGs are acquired, John Lucas III isn't a horrible backup for Lowry.
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