12 06, 2018

Golden State Warriors to Extend Dynasty if Offseason is a Success

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As you will know, the Golden State Warriors obliterated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals to the tune of a 4-0 series drubbing. This marks their third championship win in four years, only losing to the Cavs in the 2016 Finals during that spell. The last four NBA Finals have seen the Warriors take on the Cavs, but, now, with Cleveland waning and LeBron James potentially departing, the Warriors look set to extend their dynasty once again next season.

However, there is plenty for the Warriors to do in the offseason before they can embark on another campaign. The needs list isn’t as pressing as most of the other teams in the league, but the needs are necessary for Golden State to continue its almighty dominance.

Keep the core intact

Source: Bleacher Report, via Twitter

When it comes to any dynastic team in any sport, the key has always been to keep the core players together. Losing one or more can throw the whole team out of balance without a viable replacement. This summer, Kevin Durant is set to become a free agent. But, unfortunately for the rest of the league, he’s declared his intentions to remain a Warrior.

The NBA All-Star and NBA Finals MVP in 2017 and 2018 joined the Golden State Warriors following their loss to the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. His addition solidified the Warriors as the best team in the league and helped to reignite them to the run of dominance that we’re witnessing today.

Kevin Durant has become a key part of the Golden State core, which also boasts Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. It’s this core that keeps the Warriors in such high standing coming into next season. In the NBA betting, they are the clear favorites to win it all next year at +125, with potential future contenders in the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets the next closest at longer odds of +400. Durant will likely re-sign and the dynasty is expected to continue.

Draft to bolster the rotation

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Due to the core of the team taking up a huge chunk of their cap, the Golden State Warriors would do well to draft a rotation-ready player as they may struggle in the free agency. In this year’s draft, Golden State has picked number 28, which can certainly be used to bolster the rotation.

Golden State is setting its sights on wing players who can defend and shoot, which leaves them with a few potential options at their spot. Chandler Hutchinson, Grayson Allen, and Jerome Robinson could be available at 28 and could fill a spot in the rotation.

Despite the Warriors being at the tighter end of their salary cap, the fact that they’re expected to continue a dynasty could play a major role in their free agency negotiations. This free agency is set to be stacked with decent rotation players, some of which are coming towards the end of their careers and desperate for a Championship win. As was the case with David West, a strong journeyman-type player may be willing to take a pay cut to join the ride to the title next season.

With some shrewd moves in the offseason, alongside the big-money re-signing of Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors look set to extend their dynasty next season. 

10 04, 2018

Harden heading for MVP award LeBron deserves

By | April 10th, 2018|Categories: N.B.A.|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

While James Harden appears to be heading towards his first NBA MVP award, the Houston Rockets man might not actually be the player who deserves it. LeBron James might be playing in his 15th season in the NBA and 33 years of age but it’s hard to argue against those who claim the four-time regular season MVP is in the best form of his life. Unlike Harden, who leads the league’s scoring charts, James has been playing in a team that has had a lot thrown at them this season. The Rockets, who are the runaway Western Conference leaders, might currently be the best team in the NBA, but the Cavs still have the best player in the NBA.

Following the loss of Kyrie Irving last summer, the Cavs have had to deal with a number of crucial injuries during a tough campaign that sees them fourth in the Eastern Conference. Despite everything, though, their leader has stepped up to produce one of the best seasons of his career; averaging 27.4 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds, not to mention appearing in all of the Cavs’ 74 games this season. The number of times James has single-handily led his side to victory from the jaws of defeat is well in the double figures, and even Harden couldn’t argue that King James wouldn’t be a definite MVP winner in almost any other season.

LeBron James
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Behind Harden and James has been a group of players that have all put in seasons that certainly deserve to be in the MVP conversation. Russell Westbrook is edging towards another season-long triple-double, and the likes of Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, Damian Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo have all produced incredible campaigns. But ahead of all of them is Harden. For those looking to take advantage of the numerous free bets available at Oddschecker, the Houston Rockets are looking an increasingly attractive bet to win their third NBA championship – and Harden has been an integral part of their success.

LeBron James and James Harden
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Harden is on course to not only beat James to the MVP award but also become the second man in history behind Michael Jordan to finish the regular season with 30 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals. The 28-year-old has already broken Jordan’s record of most consecutive double-digit scoring games. So, while he might be in the league’s best team, with a player the calibre of Chris Paul alongside him, but Harden’s stats this season have been remarkable. But despite the fact Harden has done everything, and more, that you need to be the league’s MVP, LeBron is still the NBA’s real MVP.

 

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