Can Anyone Stop the Warriors?

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Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

 

After adding Kevin Durant in last year’s offseason, there was no surprise they were going to win a championship.  They had the league most 4 All-Stars on their roster, and 3 players average over 20 points per game.  They finished off the regular season winning 15 of their last 16 games, and only dropped one game in the whole entire postseason.  They proved that they were no competition for the defending champs, the Cleveland Cavaliers, beating them by an average margin of 13.75 points in the four games they won.

As a team that just won the championship, their main goal in the offseason is to keep the team together to win more titles, and that is what the Warriors exactly did.  Other than Ian Clark, the defending champs are bringing back everyone next season, and they even added more pieces. From free agency, the Warriors signed Nick Young and Omri Casspi, who will serve as significant role players coming off the bench.  Last season, as a starter for the Lakers, Nick Young averaged 13.2 points, and shot a remarkable 40.4 percent beyond the arc, making 2.8 threes per game.  He should be able to easily fit in the style of the Warriors’ offense as a spot-up shooter, since 90.6 percent of his threes were assisted on.

You can say the Warriors are coming back stronger than ever, but they must overcome the new competition in the West.

Even though they swept the Spurs in 4 games last year in the Conference Finals, hopefully, Kawhi Leonard will not be injured again when playing against the Warriors.  The Spurs won the regular season series 2-1, and ruined Kevin Durant’s debut by crushing them by 29 points in the season opener.  They have made some moves during free agency, signing Rudy Gay and Joffrey Lauvergne, and resigning Patty Mills, Manu Ginobili, and Pau Gasol.  Count on them to be one of the biggest (if not, the biggest) threats to the Warriors next season.

The Rockets became one of the frontrunners from the West to upset the Warriors after landing Chris Paul in an offseason trade.  Despite losing their starting point guard, Patrick Beverly, and Lou Williams in the trade, they signed two-way players Luc Mbah a Moute, and P.J. Tucker, which can be a big help for the offense.  The Rockets may not be finished making moves, as they have been rumored to trade for Carmelo Anthony most of this summer.

Also, do not count out the Timberwolves or Thunder next season, as they both made many addition to their roster, and could definitely give the Warriors a difficult time in the semi-finals as the forth or fifth seeds.

The Warriors should definitely expect more difficulty getting out of the Western Conference than last year as many teams have improved their rosters.  If they do make it to the NBA Finals for the fourth year in a row (which they probably will), there should be no doubt for them to win back-to-back titles.

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