The Golden State Warriors hit new heights last season as they surpassed the Chicago Bulls’ long-standing record of 72 victories in a single 82 game campaign. Stephen Curry and co were simply sublime throughout the regular season, losing just nine fixtures on their way to breaking the record – an incredible achievement when you consider how difficult that is over the course of an entire year.
However, Golden State fell short when it mattered most of all; losing in Game 7 of the Finals series to hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a maiden NBA title. While one could claim that such a crushing defeat could have an adverse effect on the entire franchise, that devastating loss may spur the Warriors on to bigger and better things in the upcoming campaign. Steve Kerr’s men will be eager to get started ahead of the 2017 season – and who could blame them? They could be on the verge of something very special in the coming months…
Let’s be honest, the Warriors probably won’t go on to eclipse their 73-9 record next year but the NBA title is certainly on the cards. Golden State failed to inspire confidence during their seven-match series with Cleveland but that won’t be playing on their minds for too long – especially now that Kevin Durant has joined the franchise.
The former Oklahoma City Thunder star moved to Golden State in controversial fashion at the end of last season and he could be the deciding factor as they look to regain the NBA title. With Curry, Durant and the likes of Klay Thompson in the ranks, the Warriors have an abundance of talent on their roster and they will simply overpower their rivals in the majority of matches.
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Being completely honest, it is hard to imagine the Warriors falling short for the second year in a row in 2017 but stranger things have happened. At the time of writing, Golden State are priced at 17/20 to win the NBA Championship at sports.betway.be/nl and supporters will be quietly confident of silverware ahead of the campaign. After all, the Warriors are by far and away the strongest team in the league right now – and that gives them a distinct advantage over their closest rivals for the crown.
Titles and championships aren’t won on paper but Golden State are streets ahead of the defending NBA champions – and that shows just how much of a shock their finals defeat to Cleveland was. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are all brilliant basketball players but Golden State’s strength in depth at every position is what stands them tall above the rest of the National Basketball Association. If the Warriors perform at their very best, they will win the NBA crown – it is as simple as that.
Golden State won’t have it all their own way next season but the Warriors may be able to rest Stephen Curry in the fourth quarter again – just as they did for a large chunk of the 2016 campaign. And if Kerr’s side live up to the hype, NBA fans should sit back, relax and watch one of the greatest teams in basketball history in action. It could be a memorable campaign for everybody involved.