While many things have changed for the Golden State Warriors, they still have the best backcourt in the league.
The Golden State Warriors have changed quite a bit since last season. Losing Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala are crucial blows. However, with the addition of D’Angelo Russell and the eventual return of Klay Thompson, the Dubs still stand at the top of the mountain.
The Warriors aren’t the only team who experienced some roster shifts. In fact, nearly every contender underwent some sort of change this summer. As a result, many new star duos have emerged.
When focusing strictly on new backcourt pairings, the most notable has to be Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Together, these two MVP’s will reunite in Houston and attempt to win a title. Westbrook is fresh off of averaging a triple-double in three consecutive seasons while Harden is coming off a career-high 36.1 points per game.
This duo feels like it should be the best backcourt in the league right? Well, the Warriors may still have an advantage. For starters, Stephen Curry has done more than enough to prove himself as the best guard in the NBA. The two-time MVP is a major reason as to why the Dubs have enjoyed five straight trips to the Finals.
Alongside Curry is Thompson. The versatile two-guard has been one of the most effective sidekicks in league history, playing his role perfectly as the Warriors continue to succeed. Thompson is without a doubt an all-time great shooter and has also become an elite perimeter defender.
While Thompson nurtures his ACL injury, the Warriors will have D’Angelo Russell to fill the void. D-Lo averaged a career-high 21.1 points and 7.0 assists last season as he earned his first All-Star selection.
With the talent of these three stars combined, it’s tough to argue against the Dubs having the best backcourt in the league. Of course, other duos such as Donovan Mitchell/Mike Conley and Damian Lillard/CJ McCollum are worth discussing, but neither of them have proven themselves nearly as much as Golden State.
Overall, the Dubs deserve to hold the crown until proven otherwise. Nobody has been able to dethrone them when fully healthy, so for now, the Warriors still have the best backcourt in the league.