The Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat formed the two greatest superteams of the decade. Who would win in a hypothetical playoff series?
In a battle of the big three’s, which superteam would emerge victoriously? The Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat built two of the strongest squads in league history last season and it’s time to have the debate.
Stephen Curry and Dwyane Wade recently sparked the conversation when they went on Instagram Live together and discussed the potential matchup. The two didn’t dive deep into the discussion but Wade did mention he wishes he would have had a chance to compete against the Warriors.
What a showdown this would have been. From 2011 to 2014, the Heat reached four straight finals and won two championships. Meanwhile, the Warriors secured three titles in five years from 2015-2019.
Each team had their moments of dominance. Miami won 27 consecutive games in 2013 as LeBron James rampaged to what should have been the league’s first unanimous MVP award. The King averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.7 steals and finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting.
A few years later, Stephen Curry accomplished the feat of winning unanimous MVP by shattering the NBA’s single-season 3-point record and leading the Dubs to an all-time high 73 regular-season wins.
The Heat boasted a mammoth lineup of James, Wade and Chris Bosh. Together, they ran through the East and toppled the veteran San Antonio Spurs in a hard-fought seven-game series.
Meanwhile, the Warriors had a flashy offensive trio of Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. The three combined for over 70 points per game. Alone, these big threes would put on one hell of a show against each other.
Where the Warriors begin to take a noticeable advantage is Draymond Green. The 2017 Defensive Player of the Year may put them over the top in a hypothetical battle with the Heat. This many stars on one team was a major reason the Dubs went 16-1 on their way to a title that season.
As for the Heat, they never experienced that much dominance in the postseason. The fewest losses they ever took in a title run was seven in 2012.
Both teams had strong supporting casts but the Warriors star-studded roster may be too much to overcome for the Heatles. Regardless, these two teams will go down as two of the greatest ever assembled and they have nothing but respect for each other.