Originally Posted by Metallikid
The NBA needs to contract the league; high-level basketball talent is so pyramidal that the bad teams really have almost no way of improving without drafting multiple top 50 players. In a sport where a single top-tier player will be on the court 1/7th of the minutes played for a team that translates to not enough impact players being able to be spread around, and without the creation of a better farm system, it never will. Europe is the best outside of the NBA and even their highest tier of players are role players at best in the NBA. There's a reason the MLB has so much talent and to a lesser extent, the NHL.
Until something like that happens it's always going to be a league of haves and have-nots.
When they watched players sneaking around behind the scenes to form "big three's", I thought for sure the league would address that in the new CBA......for example by allowing a team with current rights to a player to sign him for much more than another team or increasing the length of entry level contracts.
But they didn't. So congratulations to teams like Washington or Cleveland, etc for continuing to struggle and rack up high draft picks. But if any of guys like Wall, Irving, Waiters, etc become superstars it is very likely they will consider themsleves "too big" for their markets and joing one of the few superteams. you can become a farm team and stay at the bottom of the pyramid.
The only saving grace is that Chris Bosh
and Lebron taught franchises a lesson by faking, sneaking around and pretending to be making a decision when they knew they were leaving. At the first glimpse of that, trade that ass and protect your franchise.