Miami may be the first “Super team,” but they certainly won’t be the last. While many are anxious to argue that the Heat still lack a complete team from refusing to pencil them in as Eastern Conference favorites, those naysayers will be quelled quickly, as Pat Riley has already made great pickups in Udonis Haslem and (probably) Mike Miller. You may need 12 to fill a roster, but let’s be honest, at the end of the day, you really only need eight or nine guys to actually break a sweat for you during the course of a game.

The idea of a “super team” certainly rubs many the wrong way, but, following in the footsteps of the ‘08 Celtics, the forming of the ‘10-11 Heat may have marked the beginning of a new era. Already, less than a week removed from the Heat’s acquisitions of Bron, Bosh and Wade, we’re seeing the New York Knicks’ version of Super Friends begin to come to fruition, as Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony have both hinted at playing in front of Spike Lee for 41 games a year.

With all the movement currently going on, and especially with Stan Van Gundy’s hate for what just went down a few hours south of Disneyland, there’s good reason to believe Orlando will make some kind of move, too, possibly emerging as the third “super team” in the League.

Amidst all of the teams looking to make power moves, however, is some beautiful irony. There are squads quietly going about their business, using refined skills and exquisite judgment to guide them in putting their rosters together. For those who envy the Yankee-style methods of simply hoarding all the big-name players (R.I.P., George Steinbrenner), Oklahoma City, Portland and Houston provide hope. Teams built from the ground up, concoctions of great scouting and genius GMing…

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