Kevin Durant had one unique offseason to say the least.
From getting into social media arguments with random fans, calling out Under Armour, to #burneraccounts, it’s been a rollercoaster ride for the reigning Finals MVP. Any reports have come out saying that Durant’s offseason antics could derail Golden State’s train to their fourth NBA Final in five years. They couldn’t be more wrong!
Let’s not forget just how successful the offseason was for the Warriors. Not only did they retain their core players (thanks to a pay cut from Durant), but they get two pieces in Nick Young and Omri Casspi that will help arguably their only weakness last year (bench scoring). The Warriors secured Stephen Curry long term thanks to a five year 201 million dollar deal. They paid Chicago three million for a draft pick that turned out to be Oregon’s Jorden Bell, who is widely considered a “Steal of the Draft candidate.” And Head coach Steve Kerr is healthier than ever. Golden State couldn’t miss this offseason!
After finishing the regular season at 67-15 last season, Golden State proceeded to steamroll (going 16-1 in the playoffs) to their second championship in three years. Their “Big 4” were clicking on a level that was nearly impossible to stop, and their roll players came up big when their number was called upon.
The reigning Defensive Player of the year is the anchor of one of the best defenses in the entire NBA last year. Draymond Green always brings a level of energy and intensity that this team feeds off. WhileGreen is not the best player on this team, he is undoubtably the most important.
But as quite as it’s kept, Golden State WILL be better this year if everyone stays healthy.
Here are some stats last year that are bond to improve this year:
- Golden State’s big four only shot 34 percent from three last year when they shared the floor together.
- Stephen Curry shot only 46 percent on catch-and-shoot threes this season when Durant was on the floor.
- In Offensive Points Added, Golden State was a minus-95.21 (Sixth best in the NBA.)
- Ian Clark was Golden State’s best three point shooter of the bench ( shooting 37 percent.)
When you look at the landscape of the NBA, many teams (OKC, Houston, Boston, Minnesota) got better thanks to key acquisitions, But none of them have enough tools to stop the speeding bullet that is the Warriors.
Vegas has Golden State’s odds at 5-11 to win it all again, which is the highest opening odds in NBA History.
Golden State won 67 games last year, with Durant missing the last 3/4 of the season. If everyone stays healthy, do not be surprised if they become the first team in sistory to eclipse 70 wins in a season twice.