The Golden State Warriors have built the most dominant team of all time. Building the team required an incredible amount of luck. The start of this Warriors dynasty was in 2009 when they selected Stephen Curry with the 7th overall pick. Curry was viewed as a guy who could not make a big impact on a team. He fell to number 7 despite the Timberwolves needing point guards and drafting TWO before him. David Kahn’s incompetence cost the Timberwolves greatly, as they selected Ricky Rubio at five and Jonny Flynn at six. Flynn no longer plays American basketball, and Rubio was recently traded the Utah Jazz. Golden State lucked out by getting the greatest three point shooter of all time.
In 2011, Klay Thompson was selected by the Warriors at number 11. NBADraft.net placed Thompson as a comparison to Marco Belinelli. Thompson is a two-way star, while Belinelli is only known for spot up shooting. Thompson is also a perfect fit to go along with Steph Curry as they make for the most deadly shooting backcourt in NBA history.
In 2012, the Warriors selected Draymond Green with the 35th pick in the 2nd round. Draymond was projected to be a late first round pick, but luck shined on the Warriors and he fell to them in the 2nd round. NBA.com’s draft profile says that Green “won’t be able to guard either forward position.” Green just won Defensive Player of the Year, and is known for his defensive versatility. The Warriors lucked out and stole a great defender (despite NBA.com’s report), in the second round when he was projected in the first.
The Warriors played the Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA finals. Cleveland’s second and third best player Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were injured. Despite them being injured, LeBron James played a ridiculous finals and carried Cleveland to victories in games 2 and 3. LeBron’s second and third option on offense were Matthew Dellavedova whose main claim to fame is being a dirty player who got elbowed in the head by Al Horford, and Timofey Mozgov. Mozgov more recently known as the reason the Lakers traded away a promising young player in D’Angelo Russell. If Irving and Love were not hurt, many people believe that the Cavaliers would have stopped the Warriors from winning their first championship.
In 2016 the Warriors infamously blew a 3-1 lead to the Cavaliers. This was a terrible look, their best player Steph Curry, chucked a mouth guard at a fan because he got so mad about a clear foul on LeBron James. In game 7, Curry was stopped by Kevin Love who is known as a liability on defense, and it ultimately lead to the Warriors demise. This turned out to be a GOOD thing for the Warriors as Kevin Durant made the softest decision a superstar player ever made. He left to the team that beat him without telling his star teammate Russell Westbrook. The Warriors would not have signed Durant if they won the championship because they would have had no reason to improve the roster. Even when Golden State loses they somehow stumble into signing one of the best players in the NBA.
Do you think the Warriors got lucky?
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