LeBron James said earlier this week that he’s never played for a super team.
Surely Kevin Durant, the newly-minted NBA Finals MVP who joined the Warriors after their record 73-win season, has a different take on his own championship squad.
Well, not so much.
To Durant, the trove of Warriors talent among fellow All-Stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green isn’t what makes them an NBA powerhouse.
Rather, Durant credited draft choices and team chemistry for Golden State’s superb 2016-17 season, in which the team won 67 games before cruising to a title with a 16-1 playoff record.
"First of all, if everybody wanted Steph, he would have been the No. 1 pick," Durant said, according to ESPN. "A lot of people passed on him. A lot of people doubted Steph, saying he wasn’t going to be this good. Klay Thompson, he was just supposed to be this OK shooter in the league, like that’s what you thought of Klay Thompson when he came in. Draymond, nobody wanted him. He was a 6-5 power forward. (They said) he couldn’t play in the league, he couldn’t start in the NBA. Shaun Livingston had a crazy knee injury.
"Nobody wanted him. Nobody thought that he would get back to being Shaun Livingston. Andre Iguodala, he got traded a couple of times. Nobody wanted him. A lot of people didn’t expect these guys to be where they are today. Super team? No, we just work extremely well together. Coach puts us in position to maximize our strengths."
No one is questioning Steve Kerr’s coaching abilities nor the Warriors’ drafting success. But to say that arguably the most stacked squad in league history — one that contains four of the NBA’s top 15 players — isn’t a “super” one is dubious at best.
Even LeBron, who sparked the super team trend, hasn’t played with the kind of star power the Warriors had during their five-game ousting of the Cavs.