The brunt of the NBA’s offseason action typically happens in June or July, when the draft takes place and free agency opens. Generally, a week or two into the free agent period, all the big-name players are off the board, most trades have been finalized, and we have a pretty good idea of what teams will look like in the fall.
That wasn’t quite the case this summer. Three teams with championship aspirations look a whole lot different now than they did in mid-July. In mid-July, we didn’t even know that Kyrie Irving wanted to be traded by the Cavaliers. Now, he’s a member of the Celtics, with Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Ante Zizic in Cleveland.
Meanwhile, Western Conference teams also continued to load up on talent, with the Knicks sending Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City. It was the Thunder’s second notable acquisition of an Eastern All-Star this offseason, and while it wasn’t a surprise to see Anthony dealt, his destination raised some eyebrows. Following Houston’s trade for Chris Paul in June, one report suggested the Rockets expected to land either Paul George or Anthony, but both those players ultimately ended up in OKC.
Now that the dust has settled and it appears most contending clubs are done making major moves, it’s worth taking stock of where those contenders stand in relation to one team that has been quiet in recent months — the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors had an excellent offseason, but conducted all their business in June and July, not taking part in the flurry of last-minute upgrades happening around the league.
Taking into account each team’s roster heading into the summer, along with every club’s offseason moves, which team do you view as the biggest threat to the Warriors in 2017/18? Will a Western Conference rival like the Rockets, Spurs, or Thunder have a chance to take down the defending champs? Or will the best chance at an upset come from the Eastern Conference?
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