Will KD and “Chef Curry” have what it takes?
The Golden State Warriors will come into the 2016–2017 season looking for redemption. After blowing a 3–1 series lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals last season, they will most definitely come back next season to reclaim the NBA title.
The Warriors have all the makings of a championship team. Last season, they set an NBA record with 73 regular-season wins. “The Warriors are essentially an all-star team, featuring the winners of the past three MVP awards (Steph Curry and Durant), the best shooting guard in the game (Klay Thompson) and one of the most uniquely versatile forwards in the league (Draymond Green)” (Rapp, 2016). Over the summer, Kevin Durant was added to the all-star lineup. The amount of talent this team possess is incredible.
Durant, an Olympic gold medalist, seven-time NBA all-star, and MVP recipient, averaged 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists per game last season with Oklahoma City (ESPN.com).
Steph Curry is regarded as the best shooter in the history of the NBA. He holds the record for most three-pointers in a season. Steph averaged 30 points and 6 assists last season. His field goal percentage was 50% and was 90% from the free throw line (ESPN.com).
Klay Thompson was a 2011 first-round draft pick. Together, he and Curry are known as the “Splash Brothers” because of the record-setting amount of three-pointers they made in a season. He averaged 22 points and 3 rebounds per game last season (ESPN.com).
Draymond Green was named to the NBA All-Defensive team. He is a powerhouse that can play and defend multiple positions. He averaged 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 block per game last season (ESPN.com).
The Warriors are the top seed in the West. According to OddsShark.com, they have a 99% chance of making the playoffs with 21–10 odds of taking home a championship. If the team stays healthy and has the same magic touch they have had in previous seasons, the odds are in their favor to bring another championship back to the Bay Area.