no. I love watching this non-contender probably almost as much as Philly fans are enjoying watching their non-contender right now. Both fan bases are lit right now. I'm just saying that if the goal is to be a real contender, both teams aren't there yet.
If the following things are true:As good as Boston is right now, they aren't yet a true contender. And while I truly hope that changes soon, it's not at all far fetched that we could see a scenario where teams like the timberwolves and 76ers become true contenders before we do. This isn't a straight forward race. A single superstar acquisition changes everything. We should win 55 games this season. Without a major addition, we might be a 50-55 win team for a while. We've seen teams jump from 20 to 60 wins rapidly. We could still get lapped.
1. Your enjoyment from watching a good but not Championship-level team is exactly 0
2. You are confident that the league won't change the rules mid-stream and screw you over
Then I agree that the optimal strategy is to trade everyone, draft players, trade every one of those players who won't be a superstar, draft more players, and repeat until you have a critical mass of superstars.
Follow boom-bust cycles where you are the worst team in the league for 5~8 years, and then are hopefully really good for 5~8 years.
That part in bold is what you're trying to say, right?
The Celtics and Sixers are currently at different levels of "non-contention." The Sixers are currently on pace to win about 23 games (a marked improvement over the last three seasons). The Celtics are on pace to win more than twice as many games.
True contender? Probably not, but the Celtics are good enough to be top three in the conference and be one of the biggest threats to Cleveland in the East.
So, to me and surely many other fans, "non-contender" isn't a single category. There are a few sub categories there, of which I'm thrilled to see our Celtics at the top.
I respect teams that build and rebuild while putting out a good, competitive team. I don't respect teams that spend upwards of four years or more in a row racing to the bottom, hoping to strike it rich in the draft. One, maybe two, "tank" years I can see as part of the natural process of rebuilding or re-tooling, but the way the Sixers (and others before them) are doing it is pathetic.
And, truth be told, it's very rare that this kind of prolonged terribleness leads to putting a team in legitimate title contention.