Unlike the San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls, whose championship teams rank near the 2015 and 2017 Warriors teams, none of the Golden State players who have played the most minutes over that period were among the top five picked in the draft.
In the wake of the Warriors' second National Basketball Association title in three years, The Chronicle is analyzing the team player-by-player. In the Warriors' first two games against Portland, he totaled 45 points on 17-for-19 shooting.
A significant reason that the Golden State Warriors will be fine without a draft pick is that they are in an envious position of not having to develop talent rapidly.
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Alongside negotiating Iguodala's deal, the Warriors will also have to pay out this summer on a new contract for Stephen Curry expected to total more than $200 million across five years.
Hey, we can't all be Warriors fans - but I'm sure Warriors fans appreciate Durant being a fan of them.
Quartz analyzed the makeup of the last 20 National Basketball Association champions to find out which of the winning teams best stocked their rosters in the draft. It was multitude things beyond just Durant joining the team that helped get them where they are now.
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Irving averaged a career-best 25.2 points, along with 5.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals over 35.1 minutes per game during 72 regular-season games, and that productivity continued throughout the 2017 NBA Playoffs. And in the season after that, it will be Durant's turn for a super max that reports said will pay slightly higher than what Curry will get. His double-double average (11.0 ppg and 10.2 rpg) and highly emotional play in the Finals would have won him back some of his critics. Will Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber balk when they have to spend $300 million in a season to compete for their fifth championship in six years?
Ultimately, the 2017 Finals saw the redemption of Kevin Durant. The same Durant, who ceded a 1-3 lead to the Warriors as a part of the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise in the 2016 Western Conference Finals.
The Blazers are hoping to get better this Thursday, when they are slated to make three picks in the first round of the draft - No. 15, No. 20 and No. 26.
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