Back in 2007, famed gambler and basketball analytics guru Jeffrey Ma summed up the Spurs' roster-building philosophy rather succinctly:
I remember sitting with Kevin Pritchard before he was KP, the GM of the Trail Blazers, and he explained the Spurs' mantra to me: Get three superstars and then fill the roster with guys willing to go through a wall to win.
While it hardly seems revolutionary now, that sentiment summed up rather neatly the "Big Three" championship teams that followed in Boston, Miami, Golden State and Cleveland -- not to mention the success of the Allen-Robinson-Cassell Bucks earlier in the decade. Not that having the blueprint makes it any easier to pull off; few teams are able to acquire one legitimate superstar, let alone three.
Fast forward to 2016, and the Bucks are trying to capture the same lightning in a bottle, this time with the yet-to-be-proven trio of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton. While it's far too early to tell if Milwaukee's latest troika will ever live up to a championship-caliber bar, the Bucks' moves this summer did seem rather clearly oriented towards adding (and in many cases paying handsomely for) the sort of "run through a wall"-type of complementary pieces alluded to in San Antonio. So given we've already discussed additions of Matthew Dellavedova, Miles Plumlee and Mirza Teletovic at length, we thought it'd be interesting to take a look at the guy who really matter. Listen below and Dan Sinclair and I revisit the relative values of Giannis, Jabari and Khris, consider how soon one of them might be an all-star, and -- In light of the potential availability of DeMarcus Cousins and Russell Westbrook -- which of Parker and Middleton might be more palatable to move (but only in a totally hypothetical way, natch).
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