So ESPN happend to be on in the common room and some of their "analysts" the other day were claiming that the Warriors were the front runners to acquire Durant this summer.
Before I dive into this I don't know how the hell they think they know where he's going five months before free agency, but lets just assume this is true for the purposes of this article. So for the last two seasons, the Warriors have been flat out dominant. Their system is like a well-oiled machine and they may be the best team we have seen since the Jordan era. They are above and beyond the best team in the NBA right now and they look primed to win it all again (sorry Cleveland).
They are able to thrive while playing small-ball for the most part with a lot of stretch 4's and even stretch 5's. Now lets look at KD for a second here. He has tremendous ball-handling ability, which goes along with great three point shooting and he can get to the basket at will. He is no slouch on defense either, putting aside injuries, as of late, he is arguably the best player in league.
If you take his skill set and put it on Golden State you have what may be the greatest team of all time. Some may say why mess with Golden State's system and add a guy like him, who they don't need. I normally am inclined to agree. If you put LeBron James on Golden State it would probably mess things up, even more so with Carmelo Anthony, however, Kevin Durant is a different story.
He has played really well alongside Russell Westbrook over the years and he knows how to play off a scoring point guard very well. Additionally, with Durant's size, he could easily slide into the stretch four position for them and would therefore fit perfectly into their system. If Durant comes in that would certainly take away playing time from Klay Thompson/Harrison Barnes/Draymond Green.
One of those guys would either have to go or take a significant cut in minutes. The clear candidate to leave would be Harrison Barnes. He, in my view, brings the least to the table and Draymond Green just signed a contract in the offseason. Klay Thompson is too good to get rid of.
All in all, if Durant somehow manages to sign in Golden State the rest of the league has something to be VERY worried about, but it would be pretty exciting. The bandwagon would be so big, the wagon would completely fall on its side.
By Spencer Roush