Kevin Durant left the Golden State Warriors to join the Brooklyn Nets. Both will be playoff teams next season, but the Warriors should reign supreme.
Over the last few days, the Golden State Warriors have been the center of what little NBA news has been out there given the new information about Kevin Durant’s departure.
While some blamed the media, one thing fans were gifted with was an animated Draymond Green giving his takes on why the four-time scoring champion left. The one thing Green wasn’t buying is that it was his fault.
Nonetheless, what’s done is done.
Kevin Durant is a Brooklyn Net. And, for the foreseeable future, he’ll stay on the Nets. Next season, when he’s fully healthy, he’ll get the chance to return to the Bay and take on the Stephen Curry-led Warriors, something fans were robbed of as both teams struggled with injuries.
That said, the Warriors will be better than the Nets next season. Unless something drastic happens, the bulk of the two team’s rosters should stay the same. The Warriors will be led by their original Big 3 — Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.
Aside from those three, the Warriors will have Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, and Eric Paschall. However, their biggest incoming asset may be the team’s 2020 first-round pick which found its way back to Golden State following their subpar season.
Add a James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards type athlete to the team this next season, and they’ll easily top the bulk of teams, including the Nets. After a highly successful offseason in 2019, the Nets did bring in both Kyrie Irving and Durant.
Players like Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen will be crucial for the Nets, but at the end of the day, it just doesn’t seem like the Nets will be that good. Will they easily contend for a playoff spot? Yes. But, will they be that next-level team? It doesn’t seem likely.
These futuristic matchups will be intense, and they may bring a rivalry that we’ve yet to see after all this controversy that’s recently been brought up. It’s destined to be some of the NBA’s best performances when these two meet.
It’d be shocking to see a Nets team that jumps out as one of the top Eastern Conference contenders even with Kevin Durant healthy. Also, who knows if Durant, following his ruptured Achilles, will be the athletically-gifted player he once was.