It occurs to me that whoever wins the Dallas-Phoenix Series will become prototype 1A for how to build a team in the newest version of the NBA.
Obviously, it's not quite that simple, but I thought it was interesting.
Of course, the Suns are almost forced to play this way now because of injuries, especially to Amare Stoudemire. They have no inside prescence, so running and gunning is the only way they could have gotten this far.
For the Mavs, it's been a much longer process that Cuban has basically tweaked time and time again. He's gone from "get the most talent possible no matter how well they fit in" to getting talented guys, but ones that fit the system, and that has transformed the Mavs from a high octane all offense/no defense team to a more grind it out team, and one that's 2 wins away from the Finals after. It's really been interesting to watch.
The underrated thing about these teams is that you need to have a good coach (D'Antoni and Johnson are two of the best) to be able to implement the schemes and make adjustments. It's one thing to have talent, it's another thing to know how to best use and maximize that talent, and that is what D'Antoni and Johnson have been so excellent at.
But I do agree with the basic point of what TrueHoop was getting at - I think quicker, multi-position players will be more sought after than the slower, grind-it-out guys. With the way the game and the rules are changing, I think that can be safely assumed. Which suits me just fine.