Growing up, fans are taught several “facts” about team sports.
It’s a fact that teamwork is better than selfish play. It’s usually a fact that a good defense beats a good offense. It’s a fact in baseball that last licks is more advantageous than leading off.
Perhaps no “fact” is more emphasized, however, than the notion that the best players in every sport always start.
In the NBA in 2013, that “fact” is fiction. It couldn’t be further from the truth.