It's very easy to blame the success of teams in all sports, based on what market they play in. In basketball, there has long been speculation on whether the NBA has been designed to benefit large market teams, like the Lakers. This season proves more than most that the league has a relatively even playing field and small market teams can succeed. And you can thank the salary cap for that because teams have to get creative with their budget. Just ask the Spurs, Pacers, and Grizzlies who all finished as Conference Finalists. This is exactly what David Stern had hoped for after the NBA Lockout back in 2011. Now if only GMs can stop overpaying guys, that'll be great.