With the addition of Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors remains the favorite to win the 2017 NBA championship title. However, having another superstar on their team forced the Warriors to make certain adjustments, especially for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Kevin Durant was the most coveted NBA player in the recent free agency where only six teams were lucky to have an appointment with him. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant’s former team, had established an impressive performance in the playoffs despite losing to the Golden State Warriors. With this, many were expecting that KD will re-sign and lead the Thunder in the 2016-17 NBA season.
To everyone’s surprise, Kevin Durant chose to play for the most dominant team in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors. After announcing his decision, lots of criticism were thrown to the 28-year-old small forward. Some people think that his desperation to win his first NBA championship title made him decide to join the Warriors.
On paper, there is no doubt that the Warriors have a higher chance to win the title. However, it was very noticeable how Kevin Durant struggled in his first preseason game with the Warriors. In their game against the Raptors, Durant only scored 9 points on 2-of-9 shooting and three turnovers.
“I really don’t like him,” Stephen Curry saidof Kevin Durant, and so what that Curry was clearly being facetious and quickly added “I’m just messing with you,” just to make sure everyone could understand him while speaking with tongue firmly in cheek.
The acquisition of Kevin Durant forced Warriors’ superstar Stephen Curry to make certain adjustments, especially on the offensive end. The same thing goes for Draymond Green, who only made five shots in their third preseason game against the Sacramento Kings. Green said that Durant should be more aggressive in taking up shots.
“There’s a couple shots that I passed up, but for the most part I just try to be efficient with the shots that I do get. I just hate when I make silly turnovers.” Durant said.
For now, the Golden State Warriors may have some offensive issues that they needed to address in the succeeding games. However, if they find the right chemistry, there is no doubt that the combination of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry will be the best offensive duo in the league.
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