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Disagree completely. Something important to understand is not that the Warriors (aside from Durant) are the most talented, rather they are the most skilled. That is a fundamental distinction. So yes, as a young player you should be working on your shooting mechanics and balance and ball-handling skills and court vision until, like Steph and Klay, shooting off the dribble from 28 ft becomes a good shot. They have raised the bar of technical excellence, and as a result have tactical advantages over other teams (which is the biggest reason Durant looks like the best player ever right now — the Cavs can’t even commit their best defender on him, let alone double team him because the W’s shooting/passing will make you pay).

This is not even to mention the selflessness(which is a skill), defensive versatility, and hoops IQ that the W’s exemplify.

You’re advocating a mindset of “Well, we’re going to set the bar for ourselves as players lower, and stay worse at shooting and ball-handling and passing, and therefore not be ale to trust our instincts and skills, and therefore be reduced to walking the ball up the floor and setting screens and runnings sets and hopefully getting a decent 2.” That is lame on so many levels.

Rather, how about “let’s keep getting better at basketball, so we can be flexible and adaptable and space the floor for one another and hit the open shot and push the pace and trust each other so we get layups and high percentage 3s and are unpredictable and able to take advantage of opportunities as they spontaneously arise.”

In a nutshell, every ball player should be learning from the W’s that shooting, passing, ball-handling, spacing, selflessness, defensive awareness and footwork etc are improvable basketball skills (not inherent talents) and should be maximized for the betterment of the team (and game) as a whole. Which is actually maybe the least revolutionary concept ever, right?

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