The 2014 NBA MVP and lead scorer, the first-ever unanimous MVP, the 2016 3-point champion and the defensive player of the year all in a starting lineup—doesn’t seem too fair. With the NBA season only a month away, the Warriors are getting ready to once again destroy the league.
There’s no doubt the Warriors are the dominant franchise right now, and the talk of being the GOAT is just getting stronger. After a disappointing 3-1 loss in the 2016 finals, the Warriors knew they had to come back better than ever. When Kevin Durant announced he would sign with the Warriors on The Players’ Tribune last year,the entire NBA was in awe. The Warriors had won 73 games that season, setting the NBA record, and adding a player of Durant's caliber seemed like it would certainly be a huge step forward.
However, even with Durant on the team, the Warriors lost their first game of the 2017 season by 29 points. Fans started doubting the Warriors, thinking adding Durant had hurt the team. That was not the case. The Warriors eventually overwhelmed the NBA, winning 67 games and clobbering all competition. But they weren’t done there. The Warriors took the league by storm, sweeping team after team through the playoffs and only losing one game in the Finals. Durant won Finals MVP and the team was once again at the top of the league.
The Warriors dominated the league, making it unfair for the rest. But what does this mean? With the Warriors only getting better this off-season thanks to the new additions of Nick Young and Omri Casspi, the team is going to be unstoppable. This nuclear bomb of a team is going to break the NBA.
An expansion draft is nothing new to the NBA; it has expanded ever since it first started. An expansion draft, in professional sports, occurs when a sports league decides to create one or more new expansion teams or franchises. Each existing team is told it can "protect" a certain number of its existing contracted players by furnishing their names to the league office on or before a certain date. With the Warriors dominating the idea isn’t too far from reality.
“I don't want to put a precise timeline on it," said commissioner Adam Silver. “But it's inevitable at some point we'll start looking at growth of franchises.”
The NBA is being broken by a single team, to the point where the league is going to have to step in and take action. While with an expansion draft the Warriors will still keep their core, the loss of critical players could disrupt the team’s chemistry.
While an expansion draft is currently nothing but an idea, the Warriors are still going to dominate regardless. With their own style of play, the Warriors chug threes every night, entertaining fans night after night. Although this style of play is entertaining, it’s affecting all the players in the game.
17-year-old basketball player Oscar Sanchez plays basketball everyday in different gyms around Boston. “It seem like every younger kid I play against wants to be like Curry, and just throw up threes,” Sanchez said. Sanchez feels as if the team’s style of play is really rubbing off on the youth as they try to be like the Warriors.
“You’ll be surprised by how many games were ruined by a flashy pass or a long distance three pointer,” he said.
The Warriors are affecting every aspect of the basketball world—and the team’s style of play is clearly rubbing off on the youth.