Do You Need a Superstar to Win?

Feb. 11, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel seen on the sidelines against the Denver Nuggets at Bankers Life Fieldshouse. Denver defeated Indiana 113-109 Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

This is a question that Pacers fans always come back to.   The Pacers can be that team to show that winning can happen without a mega star.  Look at the Heat last year, they get Lebron on the team, and don’t win it all.  Don’t get me started on Chris Bosh being part of a big three.   He is not in the league of Wade and James.

If you want to really talk a big three, then I’ll give you the Celtics trio of Pierce, Allen, and Garnett.  Those guys make up three future Hall of Famers, and three guys you would want together on the same team.

But this Pacers team doesn’t have that.  What it does have is some talented guys collectively playing together for a common goal.  There is Danny Granger, who can step up his game from time to time, so therefore he needs to be more consistent.

There are the up and comers in Roy Hibbert and Paul George.  Two guys who will be members of All Star teams that also need to be more consistent.  Add in the point guard Darren Collison, and you have a young core that can win some games in the long run.

But what about the sh0rt term?  Does this team have what it takes to work together and get a championship?  Maybe not this year, but there have been those moments where this team has stepped up and not one guy did it all.

Look at a road win in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, a place where they never won until last year and now it’s two wins in a row there.

Another road win in Chicago against the top team in the East.  A team that took care of the Pacers in the playoffs last year even though that Pacers team gave them all they could handle.  Derrick Rose has stated he didn’t like that the Pacers were celebrating a win.

A road win in Dallas against the former champs is another stamp in the belt of this Pacers team.

So while there is not a clear cut mega star, there are stars on this team, and ones that are hungry to win.  A guy like Granger should know you only have a small window at times to win the big one.  This team should be competitive with the talent they have.  That talent needs to work together.  The best example of that would be the game in New Jersey back in January, where the Pacers put up twenty six assists on forty one made baskets.

 

Topics: Danny Granger, Darren Collison, Indiana Pacers, Roy Hibbert

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