Warriors still team to beat in West
And now we know: It worked. The big question at this time last season was about Golden State and how it would work when taking a high-octane team and adding a dynamic scorer like Kevin Durant to the mix. Pundits wondered how the shots would be distributed, who would take the big shots in crunch time, how would Durant fare alongside another MVP in Stephen Curry.
The answer came in June, when the Warriors hoisted their second championship trophy in three years.
Another season has arrived, the Western Conference looks loaded yet again, and Golden State is going to be practically everyone’s pick to finish atop the heap yet again.
“We don’t have guys that are selfish at all, that are jealous of anybody else’s success or going to create drama if they get five shots one game and 15 shots the next game,” Curry said. “As long as we win.”
It may not be as easy this season, and the Warriors are welcoming that challenge.
Houston has gone all-in on a title chase, giving up seven players, a future first-round pick and cash to bring Chris Paul over from the Los Angeles Clippers to join James Harden in a backcourt that can match up with any other – the Warriors’ duo of Curry and Klay Thompson included. And Oklahoma City has the reigning MVP in Russell Westbrook, plus two new perennial All-Stars in Paul George and Carmelo Anthony who have relocated to resume their ring-chasing.
So there are new looks out West.
The Warriors are largely the same, with good reason.