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Opinion: Superteams

Many people agree that the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the best teams in the NBA. Both of those teams have been in the championship game for the past two years. The two teams combined have some of the best players in the league including LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, and more. The two teams have a ridiculous portion of the superstars in the NBA, making it hard for the other teams to compete.

I think that having the super teams is ruining the NBA because it is making it hard for the other teams to stay relevant and get attention like the Warriors and the Cavaliers do. All the attention is on those two teams. Everyone is watching them even if they don’t like either of those two teams. It is just fun to watch. Having all the superstars on two teams makes it hard to compete when you are a young NBA team developing players and trying to rebuild. One of the best examples is the LA Lakers, who drafted Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma in 2017. The Lakers are trying to restructure the team with the new young players to try and compete with the main two powerhouses. Many teams are trying to do similar things as well.

When Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016 to go to the Warriors, it just added another star player to a team that already had multiple stars. Durant left Russell Westbrook and the rest of the team to go to the recent champ Warriors. The Warriors lineup is full of all-stars like Curry, Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. After Durant left, the Thunder started to fall, but later acquired a few stars of their own such as Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. The Warriors made their starting lineup very hard to beat with all different players with different talents. The Cavaliers had just lost Kyrie Irving, who left for the Boston Celtics. Even though the Cavaliers have lost one of their best players, they still are able to compete thanks to the best player in the league LeBron James and his supporting cast.

The NBA is all about competition. Each team and player wants to be the best of the best and win championships, but it can be hard with the Warriors and the Cavaliers dominating the league because of all their great talent. That’s why super teams are a bad idea for the league because it’s just going to be the same teams in the finals each year and all the other teams are much less relevant now.