Between 1969 and 2010, only seven of the 41 Finals MVPs won the award after changing teams. But the free agency departure of LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat has changed the landscape of the league in terms of star players changing teams and eight of the past 10 Finals MVPs have won the award after changing teams.
There are currently 17 active players who have been named First-Team All-NBA at least once in their careers. More than half of them are currently playing in New York or Los Angeles, writes Kirk Goldsberry.
"One of the bright young executives in one of these really well run small market teams, not San Antonio, gave me this line and I'm going to use it to counter this straw man argument," said Goldsberry on The Lowe Post Podcast. "Being in a glamour market like New York or Los Angeles is necessary but not sufficient to becoming a superteam destination.
"That's a quotable. Put that on the back of a cocktail napkin. What nerd told you this?" replied Zach Lowe.
"I can't reveal my sources here. But I think it's a great point," said Goldsberry.
Goldberry's position is that teams in big markets are on the receiving end of superstar movement and it rarely flows in the other direction with smaller market teams reliant on the draft.
"I think the market does a lot of work in this story," added Goldsberry. "If you're in Los Angeles, it's kind of easier to build a championship team in Los Angeles than in Memphis or Orlando."