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Chronz
10-19-2012, 12:05 PM
When building around a star player would you prioritize surrounding him with role players who were really good at one thing (ie outside passing, shooting, defense, or rebounding) or would you prioritize surrounding him with role players who can do alil bit of everything but nothing at a high level?

xcrisisx
10-19-2012, 12:13 PM
When building around a star player would you prioritize surrounding him with role players who were really good at one thing (ie outside passing, shooting, defense, or rebounding) or would you prioritize surrounding him with role players who can do alil bit of everything but nothing at a high level?

the underlined part looks a bit like orlando around dwight
the bold part looks a bit like cleveland around james
both systems made it to the finals
neither offered a title

mdm692
10-19-2012, 12:25 PM
You build the team by adding a 2nd star maybe a third then you add a supporting cast that can do a bit of everything at a high level.

superkegger
10-19-2012, 03:45 PM
Too general a question. It depends on the style/strengths/position of the guy you're building around. Is he a just a great player, and a poor leader? Is he a great leader and boosts the level of play of the guys around him, but he himself is only like a top 20 talent, but his intangibles make him a star?

I think though the most important thing is to find guys who mesh/balance with what your cornerstone players style. Not just on the court, but also personality wise. They all don't have to be best buddies, but they need to have open lines of communication, and if you have guys who just don't know how to connect with eachother, you'll end up short of where you want to be.

abe_froman
10-19-2012, 03:52 PM
When building around a star player would you prioritize surrounding him with role players who were really good at one thing (ie outside passing, shooting, defense, or rebounding) or would you prioritize surrounding him with role players who can do alil bit of everything but nothing at a high level?

its too highly dependent on who that star is(and his abilities,what position does he play),sure you'll get alot of answers...but without more information you wont get any good ones.ideally you want a combination of both

b@llhog24
10-19-2012, 04:22 PM
Depends on the star, and I'm assuming star and not a superstar. I consider Chauncey a star, and look who he was surrounded by Rip (a good scorer/off ball threat), Prince (perimeter defender), Rasheed (low post scorer) and Big Ben (defensive anchor). I tend to prefer specialist since the roles can be easily defined.

IndyRealist
10-19-2012, 05:31 PM
Assuming you're not using Lebron James or Dwight Howard as your star, you need at least one more high level player before you consider role players. After that, you really need a mix of guys who can do a couple of things at a very high level.

I personally like to have: a big man who defends and rebounds, a big man with a post game, a guard who can defend and shoot 3's, a guard who can handle the ball and shoot the 3, and a wing who can handle the ball and attack the rim. You can generally slot in a star player and those guys will compliment him.

JasonJohnHorn
10-19-2012, 06:31 PM
The thing I would want most is guys that can defend and rebound well for their positions and know how to take care of the ball. To me, that's 90% of the game right there. Great defence leads to fast breaks, which give players high percentage shots, so even if you have guys who shoot low percentages, they will improve. If you are rebounding the ball well, you are not giving opposing teams second chance shots, while earning some for yourself, which are again, high percentage shots. And if you aren't turning the ball over, you aren't giving the opposing team fast break points. Even if your shooters are a little below average, but you are doing the other things right, you are going to be in a position to win the game 9 times out of 10.

But, to pick being good at one think, like shooting, or defence, it doesn't matter how good they are at the one thing if they are giving it up somewhere else. If you hit 40% of your 3s, but are a cardboard cut out on defence and don't rebound, you aren't going to be helping your team much. If you are a good passer but shoot 40 from the field... you aren't going to help as much as you could. Espcially if you are also bad on defence. All around players are better I think because I believe that defence, and rebounding, and taking care of the ball can all be taught. I think if guys are going out, trying to get the rebounds, and putting out an honest effort on defence, and taking care of the ball, they will get results. But being good at one thing and sucking at everything else... you are going to create more problems that you do opprotunities.

Heediot
10-19-2012, 06:42 PM
It depends on the Star.

Duncan, LBJ you want to surround with shooters that can stretch the floor.

Kobe, you need more well rounded guys.

Cp3, Nash you want a guy(s) that can PNR & PNP.

Vampirate
10-19-2012, 07:37 PM
A little bit of everything because eventually those role players who excel at one thing need to rest. This creates a hole that the team that currently is out needs to compensate.