Defense is still the mainstay of the Association. Yes, I know the fans long for the high scoring nights when the fast break was King, and teams had players who could really fill it up sat on top of the standings. Fast-forward to what the NBA looks like now. NBA teams have to show they can keep their opponents under 100 points to really make it in the league. Chicago is a great example of a great defensive team. The New York Knicks are playing better basketball because they are playing better defense. Miami Heat is virtually unstoppable when playing great defense.
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You still will need a few stars to make it to the next level; however, it would be great if the star players have great all-around game. The Chicago Bulls have proven they can play defense and become one of the top teams in the league in doing so. Los Angeles Lakers are playing better defense this season and they are having a solid season. Miami Heat is another good defensive team that will be difficult to beat when the NBA Playoffs roll around.
For the teams who still think they can get by offense alone, you will sit at the bottom of the standings. Defense and more defense will help few struggling teams get better. You still need a few good scorers, but for the championship ring, great team defense is necessary.