Every single team out there is trying to get a superstar. Every team is ripping its team apart in order to get that superstar. How successful has this approach been though?
There have been a couple of teams that have been able to poach superstars, but in most cases, it has been nearly impossible. The fact that a superstar would need to leave over 20+ million on the table to join another team makes this a difficult venture. Not to mention, that usually the team trying to poach the star usually has a barebones roster. The Hawks, however, built their team by putting together a lot of good players.
The Hawks went for the Larry Brown Pistons approach. And it is working. The problem is that you need, as is stated, a great leader (ie coach) to transform it into a great team. But is it really harder to poach a great coach than it is to poach a great player? Isn't that the real question?