It might not be out of the realm of possibility that the Golden State Warriors go 82-0 in 2016-17.
Surely, we jest, but with the Twitterverse quake that Kevin Durant is taking his talents to the Bay Area, the Warriors are near instant odds-on favorites to win it all next spring.
Just like LeBron before him, Durant made his free agent wish list public, narrowing down his list of “desirable” teams to Golden State, the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and the Thunder.
The Dubs won out, inking the superstar forward to a two-year, $54 million contract, with a player option for the second year. The Thunder stayed in the game until the very end, but now Durant rounds out a scary starting five at Golden State with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Yikes.
Thus, Durant is in a class all his own here. Of the remaining free agents, quite a few teams made a splash. Here are 10 other significant signings, in no particular order.
With Dwight “Superman” Howard flying the coop to join the Atlanta Hawks, the enigmatic Rockets needed a dynamic front court player to augment shooting guard James Harden and forwards Montrezl Harrel and Trevor Ariza. Enter the Pelicans’ Anderson at four years and $80 million. In terms of upside, the 6’10” 28-year-old Anderson has much more to offer, having outpointed the 6’11” Howard (30) 17 to 13.7. Howard is a better overall shooter (.582 to .423) but Anderson is a real three-point threat, having drilled 131 of 358 from beyond the arc to Howard’s 0-for-6. Howard’s rebounds (11.8 per game) will be missed, however all other stats between the two are a wash. The biggest difference is that Howard is already trending down and Anderson is on the way up.