The Warriors Dream Season
On July 4th 2016, Kevin Durant made the decision to join the Golden State Warriors. 15 days earlier the 73-win Warriors lost a gut wrenching Game 7 at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. By joining the Warriors, Kevin Durant gave one of the best teams in NBA history exactly what they needed: length, interior defense, and a crunch time scorer. This Warriors team has been one of the most dominant teams ever. If they beat the Cavaliers in the finals, it will cap off what will go down as one of the best 3 year runs in NBA history.
Let’s take a closer look into the Warriors season thus far:
This Warriors team finished an NBA best 67-15 on the year, and went a perfect 12-0 in the Western Conference Playoffs. This is the first time in NBA history that a team has entered the finals 12-0. The Warriors come into the finals averaging 115.9 pointer per game and shooting 56% from the floor. Additionally, they are shooting 40% from beyond the arc. The Warriors rank number 2 in defensive efficiency at 104. Their playoff net rating will end up being around +14, and the average margin of victory is just over 13 points per game.
When asked about facing the Warriors in the finals, LeBron James said “I can’t think about that right now. It’s too stressful”
Kevin Durant and the Warriors have all the pressure in the world to deliver a title to the Bay Area after last year’s disappointing end. Although they are the favorite to win, it goes without saying that if they can knock off King James and the defending champs, they will be known as one of the greatest teams to ever play.