With a single move, announcing on Monday that he will sign with the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant rocked the NBA’s world.
The big announcement sent a shockwave around the globe, boosting the Warriors that was one win away from a second straight title.
In doing this, the Warriors now have the NBA’s greatest super-team, containing some of the league’s best scorers, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and now, Kevin Durant.
Acquiring Kevin Durant is just the first step in building what could be the 2016-17 Warriors’ “death lineup”. The team now have the potential to put out some of the most devastating lineups the NBA has ever seen.
They now have two elite defenders on board, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green and three elite shooters, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. All of them are capable of passing, shooting and defending at a high level.
However, signing Durant is not an easy task for the Warriors. They need to do some risky moves just to sign Kevin Durant and get him on board. The Warriors are expected to trade Andrew Bogut to the Dallas Mavericks to open up cap space for Durant. Golden State also let go of Festus Ezeli and Harrison Barnes.
The Warriors stormed the NBA with their “Death Lineup” of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Iguodala, and Draymond Green. It was the most effective lineup most of last season and outscored teams by 47 points per 100 possessions.
But the Warriors struggled in the NBA Finals, which led some analysts saying that the “death lineup” was officially figured out. They’ve just replaced the weak link in their lineup, Barnes, a player who averaged only 11 points and five rebounds per game last season, with Kevin Durant.
For the Warriors, this might not yet the perfect lineup, but this is the closest it ever get to it.
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