Of course they would have been smoked. The Knicks would have gotten pounded as well. What proves that this was an elite Houston team is that they won back to back titles the following year with essentially the same roster. The only major addition was Clyde Drexler. I guess you're gonna say Drexler wasn't a superstar either though right? Even though Scottie Pippen isn't a superstar and was better than Drexler.