Why adding Kevin Durant to the Warriors is a game-changer for the NBA

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Why is Kevin Durant

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signing with the Golden State Warriors such a big deal? Originally answered on July 6th, 2016.

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Answer by Asesh Panchapakesan:

The Golden State Warriors have become the most stacked team in NBA history, and they will likely prove that they are the best team to ever play the game during the next season.

As of Durant's decision, the Warriors have two players who have been MVPs in recent seasons who are both in their prime—Durant and Steph Curry. The Warriors have 4 All-NBA, All-Star team members in Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.

It is difficult to find a team in the history of the NBA that has collected so much talent and has been as deep as the current Golden State Warriors.

This past year, the Warriors went 73–9 and were 1 game short of winning the NBA Finals and repeating as world champions. If they had won the Finals, the Warriors would have gone down as the greatest NBA team of all time. A team that was already incredibly close to being the greatest of all time has just become significantly better, and has acquired the 3rd best player in the league.

There is no one who wouldn't admit that the Warriors are currently "stacked."

Additionally, Kevin Durant's move will affect his legacy significantly. In 2010, LeBron James went to the Miami Heat, where he joined Wade and Bosh, two other All-Stars. This was viewed as a superteam, and the Heat hadn't even won a championship in 5 years. This new Warriors team is even more of a superteam. Durant's move will be viewed as ring chasing, and haters will accuse him of not being loyal.

This changes the dynamic of the whole NBA. There is no team in the league that can be competitive with the Warriors. The Cavs barely beat them with an injured Curry, Iguodala, and Bogut. And the Cavs needed Draymond suspended for a game in order to win the championship. Now, imagine if that whole team was healthy, and then add Kevin Durant.

It is extremely likely that the Warriors will break their own record and win more than 73 games.

Who can beat them now?

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