I said this in another thread...
I like the idea behind this scale, but it feels backwards to me. I play a lot of video games. a 1-5 star scale makes the most sense. The better you are, the more stars you are.
5 stars: Superstar
4 stars: All-Star
3 stars: Starter
2 stars: Rotation Player
1 star: End of the Bench
Rarely do players reach 5 stars. We're talking LeBron, Durant... maybe Dwight and Chris Paul at their peaks. Like in video games, players have a current level and a "potential" level. Like if we were to look at DeMarcus Cousins... his current level is 3.5 stars... with a perceived potential of 4.5 stars. He might never reach that potential though.
Our roster, imo:
KG in his prime was a 5... now he's a 4.
Pierce in his absolute prime may have been a 4.5, but it was short lived... he's been a 4 for most of his career and is inching towards 3.5.
Ray in his absolute prime was a 4.5... now he's a 2.5
Rondo is a 4. His stats often suggest otherwise, but he's a 4.
Terry is life long 2.5
Bass is a 2 -> 2.5
Sully is a 2 right now with a potential anywhere between 2.5 and 3.
Lee is a 2.5
Barbosa is a 2 -> 2.5
Bradley is a 2.5 right now with a max potential of a 3.5. THough some here see him as having 4 potential. A few more see him as having 4.5 potential, but that's just homers being homers.
Fab Melo is a 0.5 right now probably with a max potential of 3 (Perkins was about the same).
Jeff Green is a 3 with 3.5 potential
In other words:
PG - Rondo - 4 stars
SG - Lee - 2.5 stars
SF - Pierce - 4 stars
PF - KG - 4 stars
C - Collins - 1 star
SF - Green - 3 stars
PF - Bass - 2.5 stars
SG - Terry - 2.5 stars
SG - Bradley - 2.5 stars
SG - Barbosa - 2.5 stars
PF - Sullinger - 2 stars
... Hence why I've been saying this roster "made no sense" since prior to the season starting and hence why our current struggles aren't surprising at all to me.
It's why you'd give up pretty much anything outside of Rondo to get a young 3.5 Center with 4.5 star potential.... and why it's highly unlikely our talent is valuable enough to land one.
Even landing Al Jefferson (3.5) or Josh Smith (3.5) would be an upgrade.
Still... hard to compete with a team like Miami that has a 5 star, 4.5 star and 4 star player. And it's why you can't count out the Lakers to get it together with Kobe (4.5), Dwight (5 star when healthy), Pau (4 star now), and Nash (3.5 now)
LarBrd33, I can see you're a 2K fan! Great analysis! TP
The key to this kind of system when trading is not just matching up stars, but being able to project each players' future.
For example, using your system, Bradley and Collins for Cousins would work in terms of stars; however, Bradley will probably top off as a 3.5-4 and Collins will always be a 1, while Cousins, as you said, has the potential to be a 4.5. This is the toughest part of trades: being able to get talent of equal value, now and in the future.
As for trades I'd like to see, we need a guy who's probably just a 3. He needs to be BIG, must be good defensively, and sound offensively. It's very tough to find a guy like that. All this talk of Josh Smith, Marcin Gortat, and Cousins is crazy to me. Just a thought: all three of those guys have complained about touches at some point in their career. We don't need that kind of player, because Rondo, Pierce, Garnett, and Terry take up most of the offensive load already. We don't need another guy who needs the ball on offense to be effective.
I like to compare this to Detroit in the late 80's when they traded Adrian Dantley for Mark Aguirre. Dantley was clearly more talented, but Zeke knew he was becoming selfish, and they weren't going to win a championship if Dantley wasn't moved. So they downgraded for Aguirre. A good defender (keeping their defensive identity) and a guy who could produce offensively, but didn't need the basketball like Dantley did. In the end, Detroit won, and you can point to that trade as a big reason for it.
I'm not saying we need to trade one of our best offensive players for an Aguirre-like player, I'm saying we don't need a Smith or a Gortat or a Cousins. We just need a complementary big who defends well. Maybe that's Varejao, maybe it's someone else, I don't know. I think whoever that big, plus Bradley's return, can hopefully put us right back in the mix for the title.