Promising Future for the Warriors

Kalyb Champion '18, Writer

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The Golden State Warriors had the best regular season in NBA history last year going 73-9 and made it all the way to the NBA finals in which they had a 3-1 lead. However, they were not able to cap off the season with the luxurious championship ring. They ended the season on a somber note by losing the final three games. Key player Draymond Green was suspended in Game 5 and Game 7 where they lost to a heart-breaking three pointer by Kyrie Irving. The back to back regular season MVP struggled immensely throughout the playoffs partially due to an injury in the first game against Houston. The Warriors quickly realized, however, in the offseason that they had the ability to go out and sign another all star and MVP to go alongside the big three they already had: Draymond, Klay and Steph.

Kevin Durant officially signed on the Fourth of July after a final talk with Jerry West and an ability to see first hand the culture of the Warriors. He saw their unselfishness and team chemistry as a huge factor in his two year contract for $54.3 million dollar contract. With Durant’s signing, people instantly made the Warriors their favorite to contend and win championships for the next decade. However, it wasn’t that simple. Pulling off this incredible acquisition came with a price.

The Warriors had to meet a salary cap requirement and were forced to let both Bogut and Barnes go. Bogut was a major reason for the 2015 Dubs Championship.The Warriors also sacrificed their bench by giving up key players who made their motto “strength in numbers” come to life such as Barbosa, Ezili and Speights.

Despite the sacrifices, the Warriors may have the best starting five in history. They have three guys who can shoot from anywhere before half court, and a power forward who can distribute, is an incredible defender and stellar rebounder. Their roster has had the past three MVP’s, and three guys that average more than 20 points a game. You could argue that their core four are all top 15 players in the NBA today. The Warriors are going to be a team to be scared of when playoff time rolls around again.

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