Welcome to Hoop Dreams, a season preview unlike any other you’ll read before the 2016-17 season tips off. The premise is simple. We’ll be providing 30 of these fictional forays because it simply stinks that only one team can win the title each year. The list of contending teams seems to shrink with each campaign, and we wanted to provide something to those fans who only get to dream of Larry O’Brien during the offseason. Before October, every team can win the NBA title. Don’t believe us? Then keep reading. – Ed
Every NBA team plays 82 games. Exactly what should happen happens. The Playoffs occur. Exactly what should happen happens. The Warriors win the Finals because they’re more talented than everyone.
Okay! Phew. Got a lot of hard work in today, but I think that answers the question “How could the Warriors win the title?” Lemme just make sure I hit the word count…
*sees I’m about 700 words short of where I need to be*
Alright, so, let’s talk about the Warriors. Let’s talk about how we have never seen a collection of talent like this on the same basketball team outside of All-Star Games and the Olympics. This is a team that has been built around a bunch of dudes who got so, so close to the Finals last year and are hungry and motivated by that.
Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, etc., all those guys got there each of the last two years. They experienced triumph once and agony once. They know exactly what it feels like to get to the top of the mountain with one another and they know exactly what it feels like to implode in historic fashion.