The word you're looking for is "chemistry", and I couldn't agree more. There are many on these boards that believe that all you have to do is assemble a team full of talent regardless of chemistry (see the proponents of the Zach Randolph trade) and it will win. One of my friends who is an ex-NFL (American football) player frequently refers to such players as GDI's (the I stands for "individuals"--I'll let everyone else figure out the "GD"). You give me five guys of average talent who enjoy playing together and care more about the team than their own achievements, and you take five guys of above-average talent who are primarily concerned about their stats, and I'll beat you more often than not.
Absolutly agree, chemistry is one of the keys to success, as you said. Zach Randolph is greath individual, Marbery to, but they ruined NY. Loock NY now, with Lee on c, who play great, rest of team to, and team play better and better, in last 4 game 3 win, 2 on the road.
Mem dont have the same situation but they have early(i hope) chemistry problem, now Mayo play less selphish, Rudy is more acurate.
Mayo - november 2.3 assist 23.1 ppg, december 3.7 assist 18.1 ppg, less for him but more for others
Just need for Rudy to make 3 assist per game , and it will be fine, in december he is more acurate 53-110 .482 for 2 9-23 .391 for 3 in lees minutes than november
but november .433 for 2 and 0.28 for 3
Better balance in game and better pozition for shot, and Rudy play better too.