2. Increased competition
The NBA’s landscape has changed quite a bit since last season. The Milwaukee Bucks have emerged as the new titans, poised for years of championship runs with the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo playing at historic levels.
The Bucks are not only one of the best defensive teams of the last 20 years but they also have a Shaquille O’Neal type of athlete running the show. Giannis is incredible in every way, averaging 29.6 points and 13.7 rebounds on 54.7 percent shooting. Milwaukee is going to be a massive roadblock for years to come. That is, assuming the Warriors can rise out of the Western Conference again.
Familiar foes such as LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden stand in the way of the Dubs returning to the NBA Finals. Not to mention, young and upcoming teams in both conferences like the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.
The path to a championship has only gotten tougher. There is no telling if the Warriors are capable of competing against some of these newer and stronger opponents.