The rise and fall of the Warriors dynasty


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In 2016 the Golden State Warriors set the record for the most wins in an NBA season, 73 wins.

Carson Woods, Staff Writer

   The best record in NBA history belongs to the 2016 Warriors, led by the only unanimous MVP ever, Stephen Curry. The 2014-2019 Warriors are arguably one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history, because of their five-year dominance of the NBA. The Warriors produced All-stars like never seen before. They were led by the splash brothers, Curry and Klay Thompson. Kevin Durant also was a huge part in their dynasty from 2017-2019.

   In 2009, the Golden State Warriors, with the seventh pick of the NBA draft, selected  Curry. Curry was a small, overlooked guard from the college of Davidson in Davidson, North Carolina. They were ridiculed and talked about around the league for making what people saw as a huge mistake. From 2010-2014, the Warriors were a mediocre team in the league with a record of 157-155 over the four-year span. Those four years were spent rebuilding a once forgotten franchise into the powerhouse it has become today. Their rising stars often struggled with injuries and the team chemistry changed with many new incoming draftees.

   In 2015, the Warriors came out of nowhere and led the league with a record of 67-15. Curry led the team with his brilliant play and incredible three-point shooting.  Executives around the league and fans around the world were shocked. Other star players from the Warriors, like the feisty Draymond Green and the deadly three-point shooter Thompson, were also huge contributing factors to their success. The Warriors would cruise through the 2015 playoffs on the way to their first NBA Championship since 1975.

   Coming off of a red hot season, Curry once again guided the Warriors to the NBA finals in 2016. The Warriors eventually lost in the finals to their arch-rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were led by arguably one of the best basketball players of all time: LeBron James. Being in the finals two years in a row is quite an accomplishment for any pro-sports team, but that wasn’t the greatest accomplishment the Warriors achieved in 2016. In the regular season, the Warriors three-point style of play led them to an all-time NBA best record of 73-9, beating out the 1996 Chicago Bulls, who were led by Michael Jordan. Also, in 2016, the Warriors star, Curry, was voted as the first-ever Unanimous MVP making it his second straight MVP award. 

   In the 2017 offseason, the Warriors’ already stacked lineup added former MVP and all-star forward, Kevin Durant. With Thompson and Curry’s three-point shooting abilities, and Durants length and versatility, the Warriors cruised to another league-best, 67-15 record for the season. The Warriors continued their dominance into the playoffs going 16-0 in the first three rounds.In the finals, the Warriors once again matched up against their rival, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Having lost only one game in this series, the Warriors were crowned 2017 NBA champions, with Durant winning the Finals MVP.

   The 2018 season was much like the 2017 season with the Warriors dominance continuing to show out in all aspects of the game. Although the Warriors garnered an impressive record of 58-24, they were second in the league behind the offensive-minded Houston Rockets, who posted a 65-17 record. Although the Rockets were the best team in the NBA with their respective record, the Warriors beat them out in a seven game Western Conference finals to advance to their fourth straight NBA finals. For the fourth year in a row, the Warriors faced the Cleveland Cavaliers, and like the year before, defeated them with ease. The Warriors swept the Cavaliers and Durant won his second straight finals MVP.

   With loads of controversy surrounding star Kevin Durant, 2019 brought forth new challenges for the Warriors. Through the midst of it, the Warriors were able to once again be one of the top tier teams in the NBA and achieve a record of 57-25. Going into the 2019 playoffs, the Warriors were chosen as the favorites to win yet again. Although the Warriors were looking strong through the first couple of rounds, they were plagued by injuries to their stars. Despite injuries, the Warriors were able to advance to the NBA finals for the fifth straight year once again sneaking by the Rockets in seven games in the Western Conference finals. In the 2019 finals, they faced the Toronto Raptors, who were led by Kawhi Leonard, who is one of the best players in the game today. The injuries to the Warriors key players was a major factor in determining the outcome of the series. The Warriors were not able to accomplish the three-peat and lost to the Raptors in six games.

   2020 looked to be another dominant year for the Warriors. But, with the departure of Durant, and injuries to Thompon and Curry, the Warriors will look to rebuild their team. After the Warriors biggest stars were announced to be done for the season, they look to build some of the young talent they have from the past couple of drafts. 

   The Warriors reign of dominance might not be noticeable so far in 2020, but it will be hard to forget about their juggernaut squads from 2014-2019. Through the leadership of revolutionary players such as Curry, Tompson, Durant and Green, the Warriors dynasty will go down as arguably one of the greatest in history.