It is hard to believe that headline is true isn’t it? How many times can you honestly say you’ve had the US Olympic team pretty much making up an entire starting 5? Or the past two MVP’s joining forces after facing off in a 7 game series for the Western Conference Finals… when it wasn’t an all-star game? Okay so beyond the accolades and the incredible boost on NBA 2K17 the Golden State Warriors are going to get, why should the NBA be afraid?
Take a look back at the timeline of major events in Kevin Durant’s NBA career so far.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 6, 2016
It’s simple. The Golden State Warriors strength is going small and forcing you to guard their ball movement plus three point shooting. Can you imagine what is going to happen when teams have to run and gun against the lineup of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. That is a SCARY good lineup, especially when you see how everyone can literally pull down a rebound and go coast to coast. Once you factor in the Oracle Arena crowd…teams only pulled out 9 wins last year and it’s not going to get any easier. While the team picked up Durant and extended Livingston’s player option, Dub Nation is saying goodbye to Harrison Barnes who signed with the Dallas Mavericks. If KD gets those open looks Barnes did in the playoffs, this year is going to get ugly for opposing teams.
You can read Kevin Durant’s open letter “My Next Chapter” right here.
A few teams have used this off-season well though, including the Spurs who signed Pau Gasol, the Knicks picked up Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah meanwhile Rajon Rondo moved into Chicago. Dwight Howard is headed home to Atlanta and Dwyane Wade is the next big man we are waiting to see where he lands as Denver presses him tough.
This upcoming NBA season is going to be a full blown battle.
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— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 4, 2016