When Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors last summer, everybody thought that this move will break the NBA. An year later, Warriors are the 2017 NBA Champions winning all but one game in the playoffs. Durant is the 2017 Finals MVP. The weather’s nice and sunny in the Bay Area. This is the start of a dynasty. Or so everybody thought.
When we think of super teams, we think of the Celtics and Lakers from the 80s. We think of 2008 Celtics Championship squad, LeBron’s Miami Heat and now the Golden State Warriors. The only difference between the Warriors and all these other teams is that we’re actually acknowledging that the Warriors are a super team. They have a solid core of young players featuring two former MVPs in Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, both in their primes. They’ve won two of the last three NBA titles and will be solid title contenders for at least the next four or five years.
The league is in a very good place talent-wise. There are probably ten or more young players in the league currently who will be superstars in the very near future. Then there are players like DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George and Russell Westbrook hitting their primes big time hungry for a championship.
The West is in the same place now as the East has been for years. Any team gunning for a championship has to go through Cavs in the east or Warriors in the west. The free agency which begins July 1 sports big names including Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Gordon Hayward and Kyle Lowry.
Lots of those big names might join forces and challenge LeBron’s Cavs in the east and the Warriors out west. The super team formation is a necessity more than a shortcut for championship contention, now more than ever.