Originally Posted by wang4three
Depends how you define "something". Is that "something" an elite top 5-8 player? Talking like a Bron, Durant, Wade, Kobe, Dwight, Paul, or Melo-like player? If so, wouldn't Indiana, Brooklyn, Boston, Houston, Denver, Golden State, Chicago, Memphis, Clippers, and maybe Milwaukee and Philly potentially all become contending teams.
You certainly define something as more than Joe Johnson, so are you talking about guys like Stephen Curry, Westbrook, Al Jefferson, Marc Gasol level players? If that's the case, then I'd somewhat agree with you, but then they still wouldn't be contenders.
Cause really, a lot of teams have "nice pieces" but if you define something as a great player.. then all of those teams probably get propelled to contending status, regardless if they're not 18-9.