A complimentary player is dependent on his supporting cast. Player that can play at a great level when he has the right players around him. He compliments his team. These are the players like Deron, Melo, Rondo who at times perform at elite levels but it's usually dependent on who surrounds them.
A supplementary player makes his team better just by being on the court. His play does not depend on his cast as he performs well no matter who surrounds him. These are the rare players like Lebron, Dwight, Paul, and Durant whose skills help the team win games no matter what.
It is just something i came up with. Is it a dumb way to look at NBA players?
This thought came up for me when i was having one of those ridiculous CP3 vs Deron debates over at the Nets forum and came up with a very simple way to explain it to the homer Nets fans; Deron= complementary player and CP3= supplementary player.
This is not a Paul vs Williams debate (because there IS none). I just want to know what you guys think of the whole complementary vs supplementary theory thing i have.
Which stars in the NBA can be considered complementary players and which are the rare supplementary ones? I believe that teams need at least one of the latter to be a contending team.