“I believe in continuity, and keeping a core group together,” J.J. Redick told SB Nation at that shootaround two months ago in Dallas. “When it’s done right, you have a lot of success. A lot of success doesn’t always mean championships, but I think if we could somehow get to 50 wins, I think that would be six straight years for this group. I’ve been here for four of those years. That’s pretty consistent.”
Redick is a free agent this summer, along with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. He has been with the team for four years, and Paul, Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan have been together for six seasons now. They must collectively decide if that time has run its course.
The premiere example of a team like this that stuck around, and stuck around, and stuck around some more is the 2011 Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry became teammates in 2004 and didn’t win for seven years, but the Mavericks never panicked, recycling the pieces around them until they found the right combination.
“It is nice when you can do that,” Rivers told SB Nation. “I think a lot of the really good teams do that. They figure out who the key guys are and then they try to move the guys around them until you get it right, and that’s basically what we’ve tried to do.”
It’s difficult not to stamp Sanchez with success considering the Jets made AFC championship game appearances in his first two seasons. He even became the first rookie QB to start and win his first three games. His production went downhill from there, though, and it never went back up. The Jets made those playoff runs in spite of shaky QB play.
Freeman was set to ride the bench throughout his rookie season with the Buccaneers. But awful play from starter Byron Leftwich and backup Josh Johnson left Tampa no choice but to plug the Premier League Cheap Jerseys kid into a tough situation in Week 9.