The Warriors became only the second team to reach five consecutive NBA Finals last season, following in the footsteps of Russell’s Celtics.
That Boston side would reach ten straight Finals in all, a feat which is certainly beyond Golden State’s reach, even if Thompson makes a full recovery from his injury, Russell transforms into a superstar, and Curry and Green age gracefully. Ten in a row is impossible in today’s NBA.
Making the Conference Finals in each of the next three seasons is far more achievable, and if the Warriors do so, they will tie the Showtime Lakers for the second-most appearances in succession at this stage of the playoffs.
If the Warriors can win one more title by 2022, then they will join Jordan’s Bulls and Russell’s Celtics as the only squads to capture four rings in eight seasons.
Even with the security of Golden State’s position and five-year excellence, which records they will break, if any, cannot be predicted. Regardless, they are in a good position to cement themselves as one of the all-time great dynasties.
What cannot be disputed, though, is that the Warriors are already in illustrious company.
Even if they fall short of some of the above records, their ability to overcome the volatility of the contemporary NBA by remaining in constant contention is an achievement as good as any in league history.