The Nets and Bucks contrast instant greatness with organic growth. Organic growth is losing.
These playoffs are offering a glimpse of what parity could look like if elite talent would stay scattered across the league. Of the eight remaining teams, Brooklyn and the Los Angeles Clippers are outliers because they went the superstar free agent route. The other six — Utah, Phoenix, Denver, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Milwaukee — are all anchored by big-time stars that they drafted and developed and rosters that utilized every tool rather than going heavy on the tear-down, cap-space approach.