Originally Posted by Mutaman
Its crucial. The issue right now is does this team lack talent or are talented players underachieving. If its the former, make some moves. if its the latter, stand pat and wait for people to heal up, and figure out whats necessary to get them to play up to their potential. Since last years team obviously had enough talent to win the division by nine games, we need to examine the differences between 2012 and 2013 in order to decide this issue.
I just can't agree.
If 2012 was the bellwether for what we should be, why did we lose in the first round of the playoffs? Why did we struggle early? Why did we peak when we did? We can't duplicate any of that. Regardless of roster moves/trades, we can never replay last year and get the desired outcome in 2013 simply because of what happened in 2012. And all the players on both teams can play 100 seasons and never produce the same statistics.
There's no doubt last year's team was great and there's also no doubt that this year's team is made up, largely, of the same players. My point is relatively simple; not really meant to be some sort of Butterfly Effect argument but, at the same time - kinda, I guess....but there are critical differences between last year's team and this year's. Circumstances. Personnel. Reality. Correlation not implying causation.