There’s never been a team with this much talent. 2 of the top 3 players in the league + best shooting backcourt of all time + a guy who was second in votes for Defensive Player of the Year. Let’s get real.
I don’t like their bench depth this season, losing Barbosa hurts a lot. David West is 36 years old, Varejao hasn’t been the same since injuries, and Ian Clark is unproven. Andre Iguodala will be asked to do much more for the Warriors than in his previous seasons, and he’s turning older which is why we heard rumors of them flirting with a shumpert swap
West never relied on athleticism, his age hasn’t affected his game. There will always be a starter in the game, they won’t play like the last 2 years where the entire bench subbed in. And they still have Livingston, their most impactful sub because of his height advantage.
People been trying to come up with reasons all summer for why the team won’t be as good as predicted, and it just ain’t working.
LeBron is salivating at the prospect of shitting on this super team. He barely beat these dudes last year.
I don’t think he can again honestly. I see 2 years of GSW winning everything at least.
Durant historically has been owned by LeBron but with this stacked team KD will finally feel like he’s getting his. I think that was a huge factor in joining GSW, to finally get back at LBJ even if he had to stack the deck in his favor.
I honestly don’t like the dubs expectations. I liked it when we were still underdogs, like back in 2012 draft lmao. It was sad but Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry were considered good, and DLee was our top PF who couldn’t move lateral or play D. Now we’re some mega team that’s still hard to fathom. People just want us to burn now.
This might be the first time the Sixers will actually attempt to be competitive in a long time. Everybody is healthy, they have vets like Jerryd Bayless and Gerald Henderson, and Simmons will make everyone better with his passing.
West hasn’t averaged better than 17.0ppg since 2012, even when 3 of those seasons he was considered to be a starter in the Pacers offense. Even Pop didn’t know how to utilize him as a reserve, and we all know that’s one of Pop’s greatest strengths–making the most out of players. Not this time, he took less money because he realizes he is declining. His only saving grace is the value you get from him at the veterans minimum, when statistically speaking Marreese Speights put up identical numbers.
People don’t need to come up with reasons as to why this team won’t be better than a team that virtually needed no improvements. The last team just went 73-9 and was one game away from consecutive championships, they have the reigning MVP and one of the best shooting backcourts we’ve ever seen. They had the deepest bench in the NBA, and for what? Because you want to add another superstar who will need to learn the offense, take shots away from the splash bros, needs the ball in his hands, and hasn’t played a single game together yet? On paper this is one of the most dangerous teams you will ever see, but until results happen reasonable logic kicks in and I truly believe this team won’t be touching 70 wins. However, I don’t think this team will care about wins in the regular season. They learned their lesson last season, now it’s championship or bust. Every team will be gunning for them, they have the biggest bulls-eye on their backs.
I’ll give him a couple of seasons to grow into a competent defender (because hoooo boy he’s going to look lost out there on defense his rookie season if the 76ers really intend on him playing PF). He’s too physically gifted not to develop a post game, even if it’s primarily faceup.