Re: some conceptual questions
Q: Does it reflect better on a player if, when he plays best, his team loses or if, when he plays better, his team wins?
A: If a player plays well it ALWAYS reflects well on him, win or lose.
Q: What is better for a team -- a player who scores a lot of points while shooting poorly (or turning the ball over a lot) or a player who scores few points while shooting very well?
A: Antione Walker shoots poorly AND turns it over a lot. Why is he still in the league? Seriously, the answer is it depends on who are the other guys on the team. If you need scoring, maybe you should take a look at the first guy, if you already have a scorer that demands doubles and you need someone to bang down the wide open jumpers perhaps the latter guy.
Q: Does offense or defense "win championships"?
A: Defense. But really you just need to score more points than your opponent.
Q: What is the ideal defender?
A: Smart, fast, strong, and tall guys who can jump. Long arms are nice, too. Pippen, Horry, Mike, Shaq
Q: Do you want quickness or size?
A: Both. However, assuming you have guys who are average height for their position, I'd take quickness, it allows you to attack more on defense.
Q: Does blowing out an opponent really reflect on a team's ability?
A: If they do it consistently it does. Otherwise, it's just one game and random chance is involved.
Q: What is the value of having one player who can draw double teams on improving the efficiency of teammates?
A: The biggest value is nobody is guarding one of your teammates. If that open guy is Fisher or Kerr you're going to do very well because they'll get more opportunities to do what they are very good at---shooting open jumpers. If that open guy is Ty Hill, well maybe it's not such a big advantage.