After the Golden State Warriors clinched their second title in 3 years last night, the sports world was abuzz with numerous “hot takes” about how good the Warriors are, and how they are set up for possibly numerous titles in a row, and how this could be “bad” for the NBA.
First of all, the Warriors are playing by the same rules as everyone else. It’s ridiculous that people are not only cheering against the Warriors, but somehow/someway configuring some theory that it’s “bad” for the league to have a dominant team.
The Lakers and Celtics dominated the 80’s. That wasn’t bad for the NBA. The Bulls dominated the early to mid 90’s. That wasn’t bad for the NBA. It’s just a ridiculous notion. Great teams bring more interest, and draw more ratings. More people want to see them, and go to the games when they are in town.
A few other things about this Warriors team that should be mentioned. 3 of their top 4 players(Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green) were drafted by the Warriors.
1. Curry was drafted with the 7th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft
2. Thompson was drafted with the 11th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft
3. Green was drafted with the 35th pick of the 2012 Draft.
In addition: Harrison Barnes a key performer and starter the past 2 seasons, before being traded this season was a team draft pick. Other Key Pieces including Andre Iguadala was traded for in 2013, and Former Starter at Center, Andrew Bogut was traded for in 2012.
So this team wasn’t built overnight. All of the key pieces for their first title in 2015 were acquired by 2013. It wasn’t like they added Kevin Durant and became a juggernaut. They were already a juggernaut. They won 73 games last season, although they lost the NBA Finals. (and also, lets mention how close they were to winning that title, with Draymond Green suspended for game 5, and Andrew Bogut’s injury which occured in game 5, and he didn’t play in game 6 or 7… and Stephen Curry was banged up from an earlier playoff injury)
This team was built superbly, and they made a master stroke with the hiring of Steve Kerr as a Head Coach in 2015. In addition, their previous coach, Mark Jackson did a great job in turning the Warriors into a good defensive team. He had those pieces for a couple seasons, and when he was let go, Kerr came in and implemented his free flowing, 3 ball shooting, and ball moving offense, and everything fell into place.
I haven’t even mentioned how fun they are to watch. The ball moves from side to side, there is constant player motion, screening and cutting. It is a basketball coach’s dream of how to play offense. They anticipate each others moves and reactions to the way they are being defended so well. Just a pleasure to observe.
Also, not many people mention their defense. While they are not a phenomenal defensive team, they are a good defensive team. It just doesn’t get noticed much. Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguadala can ALL guard 4 different positions defensively (Draymond, all 5). They are able to switch and move and help each other out in such a way, that it doesn’t matter if Steph Curry is not a strong defender (although he led the league in steals in the 14–15 and 15–16 seasons), he’s got plenty of help behind him.
I’m not a Warriors fan. I cheer for Lakers, and have ever since Magic Johnson took the court with them. However, I enjoy good basketball, and what the Warriors are doing is incredible, and it is fun to watch. It’s good for the NBA, and it’s good for basketball in general. I would love to see more teams build their roster with solid draft picks. I would love to see more offense, where the ball moves, and moves, and moves, until someone has an open shot. I’d love to see more teams with 2 way players, who can do more than score or defend.
I wish this idea, that having a great team is bad for the league, is just rubbish. In the 70’s, 8 different teams won the finals. You know, back when the NBA was in danger of falling apart and collapsing. It took Ervin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird to rescue the league from the brink of collapse. So just enjoy the games, and celebrate the accomplishments, and quit hand wringing over something that doesn’t need to be worried about.