We don't need saviors this summer, we just need a complete roster. We went to battle this year without a decent starting quality PF on our roster, and no depth at PF/C beyond Tyson Chandler. We were undermanned in just about every game. Our back court pretty much went into every game knowing that if they didn't outscore their counterpart by a large margin, then we would lose. How defeating is it to know that your front court will produce NOTHING on the offensive end?
We don't need saviors, we need depth and a frontcourt that can produce at least 40 points per game. We need the opposition to know that if they work to foul Chandler out of the game their goint to see Nazr, or Przybilla, or Aldridge, or AD. We need the opposition to know that if they mess with our guards, AD has their backs. Kirk, Ben, and Chris need to know that they don't have to shoot 50% from beyond the arc to win a ball game.
This summer, we have the opportunity to add BOTH star quality AND depth. With that, we will be among the strongest teams in the East, and in a year or two, among the strongest teams. I'll be surprised and disappointed if we are not a top 10 team next year.
As for "running with the best", this year we beat San Antonio, LALaker, Washington, Milwaukee, Memphis, Indiana, Denver, LAClipp, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. We also came within one basket of beating Miami (twice), Phoenix, Cleveland and Sacramento. The only team with whom we were not in the running this season was Detroit, where our closest loss was by 5 points.
As flawed and unbalanced as this roster is, one would have to be the king of pessimists to think that adding 3 or 4 quality vets/high draft picks, along with our own internal development (remember third year is often the breakout season), wouldn't improve our lot a great deal. This roster, in fact, reminds me a lot of our roster in 2003-2004, where most positions balanced their opponent but we had no SF on the roster. I predicted that adding an SF would improve the record drastically. Last season, it did. Next season, balancing the roster will again allow us to accomplish the same.