You mean, after 2004? Of course you didn’t need a lot of bigs, but the contracts and the habits were there.
Most of the times a tendency points the market one way, and changing is very difficult. I mean, all these top contracts for 3-D guys (a reaction to something that is effective against LeBron) will probably look silly in a few years.
Weren’t the revolutionary Suns willing to get old Shaq as soon as he got available ?