Golden State Warriors’ 2014-15 season was simply perfect – they played fantastic basketball, they had the regular season MVP on their roster, they dominated throughout the playoffs, made all the adjustments at the right time and eventually became NBA Champions. Rookie head coach Steve Kerr at the start of last year’s campaign took on the franchise and quickly transformed the Warriors to become the best squad in the entire NBA. Golden State’s roster gave Kerr the ability to impose a fast-paced style of basketball that relied a lot on deep-range shooting and tight defense. Every one in the team knew his place and they ruled their opponents the entire season.
The only move that the franchise made during the summer was David Lee’s trade to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Gerald Wallace. The team waived the latter later on. Lee was the player who almost did not play the whole season, not because he was out of shape nor had an argument with the coach, but simply because he did not fit in Kerr’s fast-paced style. Yet, the 32 year-old power forward did not complain even for a moment and continued to train hard, without ruining the chemistry that had been developed in the locker room.
The best thing that happened during the offseason was re-signing Draymond Green to a new five-year contract worth $85 million. Green was amazing in the previous campaign and it is expected that he will continue his development and play even better in the upcoming season. He was the major reason why the Warriors became NBA Champions, as he played the role of a stretch power forward and regularly causing havoc in the opposing defenses.
The Warriors are likely to once again be title contenders next season and why should they not be? They did not lose any important personnel, they have the reigning regular season MVP on their roster and they are still young and driven to collect more championship rings. Golden State will most likely continue playing the same fast-paced basketball they are well known for. Other teams may be familiar with their style but that does not mean it would be easy to dethrone the Warriors. Each member of the team should now anticipate their opponents to play more motivated against them. It would be a great boost of confidence for any team to beat the defending champions. However, there is not many teams who is capable to take down Golden State’s crown and it would not be surprising if next June the franchise from the Bay Area lifts the Larry O’Brien trophy once again.