Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant smiles as he holds the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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After claiming their second championship in three seasons, are the Golden State Warriors a dynasty in the making?
Marco Benitez: To be considered a dynasty, in my opinion, it requires winning multiple titles in a row and not just back-to-back or even a three-peat. It means at least four or five in a row, especially in the ultra competitive landscape that is the NBA. Just being in the Finals for consecutive years without actually winning multiple times in a row does not necessarily count as having established a dynasty. I guess that’s why the only team I probably really consider a dynasty would be the Boston Celtic team of Bill Russell that won 11 titles in 12 years from 1957-1969. Even Jordan’s Bulls, because of the hiatus in which MJ retired and made his return, isn’t really spoken of as a dynasty (Maybe if he didn’t retire and kept winning it would be another story).
Migs Bustos: If we take out the business side of the league, yes, the Warriors WILL be the team to beat over the next decade. In the era of the fast-paced, jump-shooting kind of game, the Dubs are the best team to do that in the world. If they get in more quality big men for rim protection, rebounding and inside points, they’ll for sure be unstoppable.
Just my two cents on their game five win: the Cavs did a great job on adjusting in terms of collapsing inside the paint. There were many possessions for the Warriors that were usually easy ones, but the Cavs defense made sure to protect that and force the Dubs to kick the ball out numerous times. Good thing for Golden State that they were able to gain a big lead early on which made them hang on. If that were a closer game, the outcome would’ve been different. But as for their core of Draymond, Steph, Klay and KD, if they remain intact, they would be near to impossible to stop.
Anton Roxas: The wheels are now in motion and with four All-Stars in their prime, the Golden State Warriors are set to become the next NBA dynasty.
If all members of the Fantastic Four stay in the Bay or avoid injuries, I can see them ruling the league for at least four more years. A new standard has been set: It takes at least four to be a champion.
Enzo Flojo: The foundation for a Golden State dynasty is certainly in place and looking very solid. Sure, there are certain wrinkles like contract negotiations this summer, but at this point, after their payback championship win over the Cavs, re-signing Steph Curry and Kevin Durant is all but moot. Sure, it’ll cost a ton of money, and the Warriors will be entering deep luxury tax territory, but they are more than willing and, more importantly, able to pay, given how much the team is currently worth. As long as their core of four All-NBA level players remains intact, the Warriors should have the inside track towards a Dubs Dynasty over the next two-to-three seasons.
Adrian Dy: Odds are good that the Warriors can win next season, and likely the season after that too. What’s crucial is the summer of 2019, when Klay Thompson becomes a free agent. Will the Warriors keep him or move on? That might be the turning point of this team. The franchise might go out of their way to re-sign him and Dramond Green the season after, or it might be when they start to turn over to the next generation (Patrick McCaw?). What’s the right move? Who knows, and that’s what makes it so intriguing.
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