The second chapter of the Golden State Warriors dynasty run will take place in a very different NBA landscape.
When the Golden State Warriors began their championship run, they were a little fish in a big sea. The rising star trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green combined to help topple the likes of a superteam in Cleveland for the Dubs first championship.
As time went on, the Warriors became a superteam of their own. They trampled through the NBA for three years with Kevin Durant putting them over the top. In an era of superteams, no other franchise had more stars than Golden State.
Then, their dynasty came crashing down when Durant and Thompson both suffered grueling injuries in the 2019 NBA Finals. Soon after, Durant left in free agency and the Dubs fell to the bottom of the Western Conference.
Now, the team is working to recover. The original big three will return next season but will face a very different NBA landscape. Superteams are no more. Instead, the league is wide open with a number of elite duos and squads that could make a push for the title. This puts the Dubs in an interesting position.
The Warriors find themselves somewhere in the middle of two generations. As LeBron James attempts to win another championship before his prime is over, Giannis Antetokounmpo is accelerating to the top at a historic pace. Meanwhile, teams such as the Houston Rockets, LA Clippers and Boston Celtics make desperate pushes for the finals.
Somehow, the Dubs will have to separate themselves from the pack. Curry and Thompson will have to shoulder a heavy load on offense to keep the Warriors fighting with the rest of these teams.
Gone are the days in which the Warriors could overwhelm opponents with their star power. Next season, the Dubs will have to get scrappy if they want a chance at reclaiming the throne.