4. Failure of other teams
With all these new superstar duos in the NBA, it sure would help the Golden State Warriors if a few of them didn’t work out on the court.
Take a look at some of the newest All-Star pairings in the league:
Notable new duos:
- Houston Rockets – James Harden/Russell Westbrook
- LA Clippers – Kawhi Leonard/Paul George
- Los Angeles Lakers – Anthony Davis/LeBron James
- Brooklyn Nets – Kyrie Irving/Kevin Durant
Due to these new teams, the NBA is more competitive than it has been in a long time. This elevated competition doesn’t help the Warriors at all as they have seen a decrease in talent while the rest of the league has upgraded.
If any of those above teams are destined to fail, it may be the Houston Rockets or Los Angeles Lakers. James Harden and Russell Westbrook might be too ball-dominant to succeed while the Lakers are extremely top-heavy.
The Warriors will be relieved to avoid facing at least one of those teams. It would be very difficult for the Dubs to win a championship if they have to go through all of these heavy hitters.