Breaking Down What Defines A Team As A “Super Team”


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Recently, both Kevin Durant and LeBron James have been quoted on the record that they have both “never played on a super team.” For the casual fan it’s easy to call either one of these former NBA MVPs delusional for their clear disregard for what defines a super team. It’s quite likely that both Durant and James believe in their heart that what they said is 100% true, but it will surely rub the small market teams the wrong way.

First, let’s take a look at Durant’s point of view on the whole super team label. Per ESPN:

“First of all, if everybody wanted Steph, he would have been the No. 1 pick,” Durant said. “A lot of people passed on him. A lot of people doubted Steph, saying he wasn’t going to be this good. Klay Thompson, he was just supposed to be this OK shooter in the league, like that’s what you thought of Klay Thompson when he came in. Draymond, nobody wanted him. He was a 6-5 power forward. [They said] he couldn’t play in the league, he couldn’t start in the NBA. Shaun Livingston had a crazy knee injury.

“Nobody wanted him. Nobody thought that he would get back to being Shaun Livingston. Andre Iguodala, he got traded a couple of times. Nobody wanted him. A lot of people didn’t expect these guys to be where they are today. Super team? No, we just work extremely well together. Coach puts us in position to maximize our strengths.”

To Durant’s point here, one can kind of see where he is coming from, as Curry was considered a “great shooter” but maybe did not have the build to be successful in the league and has definitely proven his doubters wrong. Klay Thompson also worked hard on his craft to become one of the premier three-point shooters in the NBA, and Iguodala was “tossed around” from team to team for a bit. Kevin Durant is absolutely right that coach Steve Kerr has done an amazing job to put his players in the right position to succeed at their full potential.

On the other side of the coin, Lebron James’ comments came as more of a surprise when he stated that he felt he had never played on a super team.

Many of the NBA TV analysts, such as Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, took great exception to this:

So, is Durant or LeBron right by any stretch of the imagination?  Of course they are, because it’s a “player-driven” league, and that’s the way the NBA wants it to stay. Sounds pretty super to me.