Was There REALLY Parity During the 2019-2020 NBA Season? A Retrospective

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Was There True Parity This Season

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  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. Don Homer

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    I dont really thing there was, looking back on it. Here's my reasoning

    Lakers had TWO top 5 players still in their prime on the same team. No only that, they had a bench full of veterans and all-NBA/all-defensive talent. Demarcus Cousins was also going to be on this team (before the ACL injury during the offseason). In Golden State during the 18-19 season, boogie averaged 16pts/8rebs off an achilles injury. He was not the Boogie from 2018 who was putting up MVP numbers before he tore his achilles, but still an excellent big man who can hit the 3 and pass very well (basically a diet Jokic)

    Lets Take a look at some of the other "contenders":

    1. The Lakers' "rivals", the Clippers, for the title this year had Kawhi, who was fresh off a finals MVP and Paul George who was fresh off a career year. They joined the clippers, a 48-win 8 seed in 2019 and took the Warriors to 6 games. One of those games featured a 31-point comeback. But the issue was that they never had any chemistry. This point was massively underestimated all season long. The Clippers had awful chemistry, everyone knew it, but they STILL were picked as favorites. They were poorly coached, had no offensive scheme outside of turn-taking iso-ball between PG, Kawhi and Lou/Montrezl, and just tried to Out-talent every team they played against. They turned out to not be true contenders for a title

    2 Houston Rockets - they traded CP3 for Westbrook, and also traded 3 first round picks :snoop:
    The small-ball experiment proved to be ineffective in a playoff series. They were taken to 7 games by OKC, a team they were supposed to win more convincingly. Not only that, but they lost in 5 games in the second round to the Lakers. So it seems they are WORSE off this year than last year. The Russ and Harden duo isnt great because BOTH players NEED the ball to be effective. Not only that, but Russ is definitely the weakest MVP candidate of the 2010s. Since Kevin Durant left, he has struggled in the playoffs, and has more sub40% shooting games in the playoffs than any other star than demands the ball as much as he does. Also Mike D'antoni didnt have a plan B since the Rockets traded Clint Capela to go all-in on small-ball. So once Vogel figured out how to stop it (double harden, leave westbrook open, and close out on shooters HARD, rotate on defense faster), it was a done deal.

    3. Milwaukee Bucks
    Giannis had an amazing regular season, and def deserved the MVP award, but like the 60-win ATL Hawks team, also coached by Mike Budenholzer, the team turned out to be a bust. Giannis has no other superstar on that team. Khris Middleton was great, but he is not a good 2nd option. The bucks clearly needed another scoring threat once the 2nd round started. Not only that, but the Bucks weren't coached well in the playoffs. Theyvery well couldve lost 2 games to Orlando, and Erik Spoelstra outclassed coach Bud in the 2nd Round. And honestly, Giannis playing more minutes wouldnt have made the Bucks win the series. They lost in convincing fashion in 5 games. This was mostly due to Giannis being a very limited offensive player. He is awful in Half-court sets, and a good coach (Nurse and Spo) will effectively scheme around it. If it's that easy to scheme for your MVP Superstar player, you will NOT win a championship. And that is what we saw in the ECSF. The Bucks turned out to be a very good reg season team, that was flawed and easy to beat in the playoffs, much like the Houston Rockets

    4. Philadelphia 76ers - :laff:
    They turned out to be busts. Overpaid Al Horford and Tobias Harris. No shooting. Ben is easy to scheme against. And they lose to a zone as shown multiple times during the regular season. They came into the league hyped up, but fell apart. Just a massive disappointment. They would not have gotten swept in round 1 if ben was healthy, but they definitely lose to the Celts. The celtics are better, and Brad Stevens is better than Brett Brown

    5. Celtics
    as it stands, they are currently down 3-2 to the Miami heat. They are a good team, but just too young. Jayson and Jaylen have also had games this playoffs where they dont perform well when needed. Not only that, but Kemba hasnt been great for the past 2 series. Kemba is a better fit for the Celts, but he's not as good as Kyrie and the trade might be a downgrade. But if they win tonight's game and force a game 7, they can definitely beat the Heat and get to the finals. They are currently the most talented team left in the playoffs. it's just a matter of can Jayson Tatum be consistent enough to win against the Heat

    6. Miami Heat
    -They are playing some of the best team basketball we have seen all year. They are like the '14 spurs and '15 warriors in the way they move the ball and are unselfish. The 2020 Heat have completely bought into the idea of working hard and playing for each other. If they do win tonight and beat the celtics, though, i dont see them beating the 2 headed dragon that is Lebron and AD. I just think the Lakers are more talented and will win 4 games before they lose 4 games, strictly off the talent gap



    So those are my thoughts. I dont think the NBA had as much parity as they touted in the beginning of the season. I think the AD trade made the Lakers the far and away favs to win the title. They have 2 superstars that are better than literally every other duo/group by a tremendous margin, and a bench that is chalk-full of veteran talent.

    I could very well be wrong, and the Lakers lose to the eastern opponent, but i just dont see it.
     
  2. Hacksaw Jim Thuggin

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    There has never been parity im the NBA....yku can go down by the year and each one has been ruled by 3-4 teams with a good chance of winning and 2 who are CLEAR favorites.

    The season started with the lakers and clippers being the favorites out west....

    And the bucks and celtics being the favorites in the east....and here we are

    The heat could mess it all up though
     
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    Does this post mean that many posters on this site and analysts in the media chose to tell themselves bold faced lies on who were legit contenders?
     
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  4. 2Quik4UHoes

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    Lol, this feels like a Supreme Court ruling. By its nature, the NBA doesn’t have much parity at all. So in comparison to other sports, no there was no parity. However, in terms of the NBA product itself this was the most parity we’ve ever seen in terms of the Coronadome and how a neutral site with no fans suddenly gave a real chance for more teams to compete. The upsets are too much to ignore because those things likely don’t happen under normal playoff circumstances.

    So I’d say yes and no, but moreso yes.
     
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  5. Lakerman0834

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    2 teams with 0% chance of a title in the finals. Id say there is parity
     
  6. Rhakim

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    We're seriously debating whether a team that has KCP, Danny Green, and Kyle Kuzma as its #3, #4, and #5 scoring options has destroyed parity in the NBA? :laff::laff:


    Outside of Danny Green all those Laker signings were players that ANYONE could have had and no one wanted. They were all either released for nothing by their own team or floating around on the free agent market without any big offers from anywhere. Everyone on the board, even Laker fans themselves, were clowning the Lakers when they signed Rondo, Dwight, KCP, McGee, Dudley, etc.

    Rondo/Dwight/KCP could have completely sucked this year and no one would have been surprised. Not a single player in the Lakers' starting lineup this series was playing together last year - their chemistry might have sucked and no one would have been surprised. LeBron is 35 years old, he could have been below superstar status and no one would have been surprised. AD has only won one playoff series in his entire career, he could have failed to lead the team in critical moments and no one would have been surprised. But the fact that the team is playing well together suddenly means that it was destined and could have been no other way.

    We simultaneously have posters claiming that the Lakers would have been toast if not for injuries, or that they only won because of the refs, and other posters claiming that the Lakers have such a dominant roster that it could have been no other way.

    Not to mention like @2Quik4UHoes just threw out there, this was the first year with no home court advantage and constant every-other day playing which increased parity even more.
     
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  7. Type OH

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    Bron may still be Top 5, maybe even #1, but his prime this is not, lol.
     
  8. Don Homer

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    U might be on to something
     
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    Even the computers said the Lakers only had a 20% chance to win the title as recently as 2 games ago.

    They STILL are only giving the Lakers a 25% chance to win the title....right now.

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    Dawg yes it is.

    dude has the longest prime of any superstar. Just 2 years ago he had the greatest playoff run OAT in many peoples’ eyes. That was 2 years ago, at 33

    2 years later he is still wreaking havoc on everyone in the tougher conference. This can still be considered part of his prime
     
  11. Jordan>>LeFrozen

    Jordan>>LeFrozen It was written in the Bible

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    It wasn’t so much about parity but more of not knowing who’s going to win. With Golden state, you knew they was winning. It was always going to be Clippers/Bucks/Lakers as the main ones to win the title.
     
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    Bron in his Prime is Miami Heat Bron. This version is just a still extremely good version, but the best Bron has ever looked on the floor came around 2012-2014. He was head and shoulders above everyone and it wasn’t even close. Post game, his jump shot got better, off ball movements, clutch moments, defense, back to back rings. Career defining moments like 2012 Boston, Game 7 Spurs etc, elite athleticism, iconic alley oops.
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    Of his 17 years, he realistically only had 3 where he looked like he had no weaknesses at all.
     
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    Brah, we're not about to have revisionist history of the definition of "prime" as it correlates to sports. Being in your prime means you're at the PEAK of your abilities and possibly the best athlete on the floor every single night. There's been debates with that concerning Lebron for the past 2 years. He just happens to be smarter than 99% of the rest of these nikkas and I'm not even really a fan of him like that.

    His Heatles years (and the first cpl years back with the Cavs) are most arguably his prime. It's when he produced his best stats, still was quicker than everyone and had the energy to guard anywhere from 3-5 players on a given night. That does not occur anymore.

    On any given night, he's not the best player or option on the court. AD is. That wasn't the case in his "prime". He's played the fewest mins of his career this year. He's admitted he's had to ask Coach to take him out due to fatigue more often then he's ever had to. Prime Lebron isn't affected by these things.

    Just because you FEEL like his "decline" is smaller than others when it comes to leaving his prime doesnt mean that he's still in his prime.

    I see what you're doing though. Being a Warriors fan, you're trying create this argument and expose hypocrisy I guess after everybody waxed poetic about the lack of parity during the Warriors "dynasty". But Lebron still being in prime just reeks of a straw man fallacy.

    You have no quantifiable proof that Lebron is still in his proof.
     
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    Bron is still savvy....and he can give you bouts of high level athleticism in spurts.....but this isnt hos prime

    Now what this current phase is is better than many nba players but that ia due to outthinking his opponents for the most part due to his shot selection and pasing

    Miami bron athletically would have been blowing past wing defenders galore in the bubble
     
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    more parity than KD's wariors :hhh:
     
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