NBA Free Agency was quite the soap opera, and the biggest break-up was Kevin Durant leaving OKC for the almighty Golden State Warriors. The fan base went absolutely ballistic, and KD told Team USA reporters in Las Vegas this past week that he didn’t even leave his bed for two days after the signing. That’s how big the reaction was. Warriors fans are overjoyed with a potential 2017 NBA Finals victory locked in, but they shouldn’t be too eager because KD is not right for the Warriors team. Yes I said it, this collaboration will not live up to the hype.
For starters, in the game of basketball there is only one basketball and KD and Steph Curry combined for 58.3 PPG in the 2015-16 season. The ball can only go one place at one time, and Durant isn’t the most generous SF in the game. I haven’t even mentioned Klay Thompson’s 22.1. Draymond Green might have only averaged 14 PPG during the regular season, but he has the tenacity to hit some clutch threes, especially during crunch time like he did in Game 7 of the 2016 Finals. Everyone on this team can shoot, so where is the ball going to go?
Second, the Warriors just won 73 games! Why would the front office change anything? The only reason they lost is because of lack of experience. LeBron James has been to six straight Finals and Steph has been to two. Even with the addition of such a superstar, it can disrupt what the team has built over the last two years. KD has the least Finals experience out of the Big Four, having been to only one in 2012. His only loss? To the Miami Heat, led by no other than LeBron James. It’s not like KD has the kryptonite to stop LeBron.
Finally, the biggest factor is the Warriors’ loss of depth. Golden State lost Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli, and Leandro Barbosa this offseason. Each of these players brought a unique piece to the NBA record 73 win team. That’s why they were so deadly, no matter who is in, they can all play. I attribute much of the Warriors success last season to their juggernaut bench. Rosters like that will get you 73 wins. Now that they’ve lost four pieces to their team in exchange for one, what is to come of the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors?
They took away the only major threat to their success and added him to their squad, so they should have no problem making the playoffs, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they made it all the way to Finals. However, if this is a move just so they can beat LeBron and the Cavs, it might prove to be unsuccessful. I’m a Suns fan so I lose either way.