For the second year in a row, the dynasty adds on to their resume. The Golden State Warriors are once again the reigning NBA Champions of the world.
2018 in Review
This season for the Warriors will forever show just how much of a grip this team had on the league in 2017-2018. Despite this team not being the top favorite at the start of the season, they would turn that perspective around. Adding Nick Young and Zaza Pachulia, the team’s offseason also saw Stephen Curry getting paid.
The Warriors would sign Curry to a five-year deal, while signing Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston to three year deals. The team would amass a 56-24 record, and fir the first time in a while, not be the top team in the West. They fell behind the Houston Rockets, who were 65-17 in the regular season.
In the regular season, three of the faces of Golden State would shine. Curry would lead the team in points per game (26.4), while Draymond Green topped the rebounds and assists per game charts (7.6 RPG/7.3 APG), and Kevin Durant led in blocks per game, with 1.8 in the regular season.
Durant is not only celebrating a second championship, but a second season with Golden State. His signing sent shockwaves throughout the NBA world in 2016, and Durant would finally respond to the negative responses regarding his signing.
The Warriors’ playoffs were not as decisive as Cleveland’s. Having two five-game series against the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans, they would meet the Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. After heading to seven against Houston, the Warriors punched their ticket to a fourth finals against eventual Eastern Conference Finals winner Cleveland.
— ESPN (@espn) May 31, 2018
Golden State would do something that had not been done since the 2007 NBA Finals: sweep LeBron James. The Warriors now join the San Antonio Spurs as the only team to sweep James in an NBA Final series.
Can Anyone Stop the Dynasty?
With the Warriors seemingly taking a stranglehold on the NBA, this free agency will be a very interesting one. Arguably, this will be The Summer of LeBron James. For the first time in four years, questions are surrounding his status for next season. After losing four straight games to Golden State, the question becomes “Where does LeBron go?”
Another Summer of LeBron begins. pic.twitter.com/oNrqPFlVjW
— ESPN (@espn) June 9, 2018
His time in Cleveland saw its moments, winning the championship against the Warriors in 2016.
While LeBron’s destination is unknown for the 2018-2019 season, the West is certainly looking to get a crack at the champions. Two teams that are constantly in the discussion are the Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The big story for OKC is the impending free agency of Paul George. Averaging 21.9 points per game, 3.3 assists per game and 5.7 rebounds per game, he could become a viable piece for any team looking to dethrone the champs. Questions are being raised around his status, while all eyes in OKC also focusing on the current MVP of the NBA, Russell Westbrook.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) May 24, 2018
The duo is making an appearance on the All-NBA Team, and look to remain as teammates next season, with the hopes of dethroning the champs. Oklahoma City, however, are not the only team looking to reign atop the West and the NBA.
Houston is simply using revenge to motivate themselves. After taking Golden State to seven, they look to run roughshod through the NBA next season. Losing Chris Paul to injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, the Rockets lost the last two games to the Warriors, booting them from the Finals.
Are the Golden State Warriors the most unbeatable team in the NBA? What moves and strategies are the other 29 teams devising to stop this super team?