NBA Superteams

The NBA has turned into a battle of the offseason and whether or not other teams can withstand the power-houses of the league with Golden State, Houston, Boston, and Oklahoma City looking down upon all.

A superteam is the organization of a team with many All-Stars and top players in the league acquired in the offseason.

In the 2016 offseason, the Golden State Warriors added SF Kevin Durant to an already stacked roster with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.

Before the signing of Durant, Golden State won the NBA Championship, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2015 with “Splash Brothers,” Curry and Thompson leading the way.

Durant, leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder, left behind Russell Westbrook as he looked to start a new chapter in his NBA career. However, this free-agency pickup wasn’t about money– it was about winning an NBA title.

Durant received tons of hate on Twitter and Instagram, often being referred to as “a snake,”as fans thought it was his easy way winning a title.

The Thunder, formally the Seattle Supersonics who drafted Durant with the second overall pick in 2007, was one of the strongest teams in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City lost to the LeBron James’ led Miami Heat four games to one in the 2012 Finals, the closest the Thunder has come to a championship since winning in 1979.

The past offseason was very hectic as the Thunder, Rockets, and Celtics added important  players to their squads.

After one season of the Durant departure, the Thunder became the next superteam to rise with the additions of Paul George via trade with the Indiana Pacers as well as Carmelo Anthony from the Knicks. With these additions, the Thunder lost Enes Kanter, Victor Oladipo, and potential first-round picks in the future.

Chris Paul, a long-time Los Angeles Clipper point guard, signed with a highly-reliant offensive team in the Houston Rockets. The Rockets, led by SG James Harden, made the playoffs the past four seasons going as far as the Western Conference Finals, eventually losing to the Warriors four games to one.

The past season, the Boston Celtics were led by Isaiah Thomas, who had a breakout season for the Celtics as he brought them to the playoffs but lost to the Cavaliers in the Conference Finals four to one. The Celtics added Gordon Hayward from the Utah Jazz and Kyrie Irving from Cleveland, making Boston the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.

In the current NBA playoffs, the Warriors, Cavaliers, Celtics, and Rockets made it to the second round, with Durant, LeBron, Harden, and Paul leading their superteams.