8 Gods, 22 Demigods, and 400 Mortals

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At any given time, in the NBA universe there are only a fixed number of players that earn the distinction of standing in the pantheon of Mt. Olympus, The Gods. At any given time, there are only a fixed number of players who have enough skill, smarts and ability to challenge the Gods, The Demigods. And then there is every one else, The Mortals. Father Time rules all and no player is immune from falling down from the mountain or limited from rising up to the throne. But the formula is a fact of nature and eternal. There has alway and will aways be only a set number of gods, demis, and mortals.


Russell, Chamberlain were the gods of their era. Jordan, Bird, Magic were gods of their era. Today we have a new set of Gods, Demigods, and Mortals.

THE GODS - Supernatural powers. Forces of nature. Capable of imposing their will on the field of battle. MVP caliber players.

  1. Lebron James (Zeus Almighty)
  2. Kevin Durant
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. James Harden
  5. Chris Paul
  6. Carmelo Anthony
  7. Dwaine Wade
  8. Dwight Howard

THE DEMIGODS (tier 1) - Superhuman powers. Powerful Warriors. God-like ability. In some cases previous gods or transendent mortals.

  1. Derrick Rose
  2. Russell Westbrook
  3. Stephen Curry
  4. Tony Parker
  5. Chris Bosh
  6. LaMarcus Aldridge
  7. Dirk Nowitski
  8. Josh Smith
  9. Kevin Garnett
  10. Kyrie Irving
  11. Joakim Noah

THE DEMIGODS (tier 2) - Superhuman powers. Potent, but inconsistent warriors. God-like ability. Flashes of excellence. In some cases previous gods or transcendent mortals.

  1. Paul Pierce
  2. DeMarcus Cousins
  3. Blake Griffin
  4. Al Horford
  5. Tim Duncan
  6. Marc Gasol
  7. John Wall
  8. Pau Gasol
  9. David Lee
  10. Deron Williams
  11. Rajon Rondo

THE MORTALS - Every remaining player in the league. Rookies, journeymen, longterm-injured, role-players, etc..
Now, in order to to rule victorious in the NBA universe, you must include in your band of brothers the correct combinations of gods, demis, and mortals. Without superior talent, championships will be elusive. A starting five of a lone God and 4 Mortals will not produce championships, for proof ask Jordan before Pippen or Lebron before Wade. Nor will a loose combination of 2 or 3, 2nd tier demigods. At the inception of the original Big 3, Ainge assembled at the time a God (Garnett) + a tier 1 Demi (Pierce) + a tier 2 Demi (Allen). Result -CHAMPION! All of which reveals another law of the universe: the formulas for success are very specific.

All prior NBA Champions in the modern era followed one of three specific equations. A starting 5 that consist of at least one of the following...

  • 2 GODS + 3 MORTALS ('00,'01,'02 Lakers, '12 Heat)
  • or
  • 1 GOD + 1 DEMI(t1) + 1 DEMI(t2) + 2 MORTALS ('81, '84, '86, '08 Celtics, all Bulls title teams)
  • or
  • 2 DEMI(t1) + 2 DEMI(t2) + 1 MORTAL ('04 Pistons) very rare.

As CelticsNation considers how to move forward in our pursuit of more banners, we must come to grips with the fact that we waste time speculating about which collection of mere mortals we can bring in to replace our current set of mere mortals, but the fact remains, THERE IS NO LONGER A GOD IN BOSTON!

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