I'll start by taking the time to write something about myself since a lot of the questions I'm going to ask in this thread come from my personal experience.
I was born in Greece circa 1990. I played basketball for 10 years (6 to 16) in my home team's academy (GS Peristeri, one of Alphonso Ford's teams). Despite injuring my knee at 18 and basically erasing my chances of playing professional basketball (I was never tall enough for my position either) I never stopped watching basketball. So, watching a lot of European basketball one thing became a clear to me as I was growing up. That a coach who can rally his team behind him and have them play unselfishly as a unit while bringing high defensive intensity can win over a star-studded team. I've watched this happen a lot of times both in the Euroleague and in the Eurobasket.
This year I started watching the NBA regularly. And I keep hearing the following phrase:
"NBA teams need the star quality"
Why is that?
Is it because a star player will attract more fans and thus provide extra cash for the franchise?
Is it because a star player will attract better FAs and thus make the franchise better?
Is it because a star player will get more star calls come playoff time?
Is it because a star player will force the opposing team's defense collapse to him thus giving his teammates higher percentage looks?
So, answer these two questions fellow PDers:
1) Why does an NBA team need a star on their roster?
2) What do teams like the Pacers, the Sixers and the Nuggets miss out by not having a star?