Great stars are known not only for their technical ability, but also for helping their NBA team reach a prominent level. When we take out a great player who stands out more than his teammates and is essential for the team to function, we usually have a sudden drop in the team’s performance.
Each player’s stats also help us to show how valuable he is to the team, court minutes, average scoring and assists per game, defensive and offensive work, all of this comes into play when analyzing the elite players of each team.
During history , we have had some teams that, after the departure of a great star, had their performance plummet and registered a series of setbacks for a long time. Like the case of the Cleveland Cavaliers after LeBron James’ second stint with the team.
NBA Teams That Would Go Down Without Their Key Player
In this 2022-23 NBA season, we clearly have some teams that, if we remove the main player and scorer from the team, we would see a clear drop in the performance of the starting quintet.
Let’s see some of the franchises that cannot lose their star:
Donovan Mitchell joined the Cavs this season, but it looks like he’s been with the franchise for at least 3 years. The point guard owns the highest point average on the team and is responsible for most of the team’s victories. Proof of this was when he lost injured games and the Cavs played consecutive games with defeats.
Luka Doncic is already considered one of the greatest in the league, despite his young age, the point guard is simply the “do it all” of the team. He scores, assists, rebounds and still has excellent defense.
Despite having Kyrie Irving on the team, the Nets could face catastrophe if they lost Kevin Durant. That’s because the player has the best point average on the team and has a crucial factor for the Nets’ victories, decision-making power.