chemistry nothing more important than that. Just look at the mavs last year.
Other: Basketball reasons.
Rebounding, contesting shots, limiting points in the paint.
Hate to say it, but in today's NBA Star Power is what can put a team over the top.
A combination of all 3: star power,defense, deep bench means more than 1 championship. Lakers with Kobe, Shaq and Bulls with Jordan and Pip.
Defense I would say
For the first time in my life -- I felt fear. And I was blinded by its brilliance. I believed fear to be a part of the chaos I abhor, but it was more controlling than all the willpower in the universe. And it would be mine.
if you gotta pick 1 its defense
Out of these? Well, defense. It accounts for an entire half of the game. I don't really believe defense is more important than offense (they are equal), but "star power" doesn't really mean anything on its own and a deep bench a) doesn't add up to half the game and b) is figured into total defense.
example: 2004 detroit pistons.
I would say star power. Probably 99% of the teams that have one NBA championships have had it. Second is defense.
Chemistry and defense
Defense and heart
Its why Dallas won last year