Small Markets Can Compete for Big Stars?
But small-market teams can compete if they’re smart and they get a star who is committed. (Dwight) Howard, for example, could do for Orlando exactly what (Kevin) Durant is doing for Oklahoma City. Howard should commit to the Magic and then persuade someone like Deron Williams, who also will be a free agent this summer, to join him. (Dwyane) Wade recruited (Chris) Bosh and (LeBron) James to South Beach. Considering Howard is unchallenged as the best big man in the NBA, you would think that would be a huge draw for a point guard.
Perhaps the best blueprint for success for small-market teams belongs to the San Antonio Spurs, where Thunder general manager Sam Presti has roots. The Spurs held on to Tim Duncan, drafted wisely and attracted plenty of smart veterans who were willing to take reduced roles to further the team’s success.
The Magic still could lose Howard, but in this shortened season, they could make a serious postseason run. They just need their superstar to lead the way.