Since Kevin Durant signed with the Warriors last summer, superteams have been a hot topic in the NBA for a while now. After KD left OKC for a stacked team that was one win away from winning the Finals in 2016 and went on to win this year’s Finals, many have argued whether or not superteams are good for the league. Now as the 2017 offseason kicks into gear, it appears that the superteam building will once again be in full effect this year.
Recently, there have been reports that the Cavs could potentially trade for All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler. Not to mention that the Cavs could be in play for Paul George, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony (add D-Wade to the mix and they might have a banana boat crew reunion in Cleveland). With the chance of the Warriors and Cavs strengthing their already strong teams this offseason, we could see these “superteams” continue their dominance over the league for the next few years.
But what is a super team really? Many of us think that a super team is a team loaded with talented big-name players that can dominate and win games and championships. But we have seen in the recent years that even teams loaded with big name talents did not dominate like many expected they would. After the Celtics traded Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to the Nets, we all expected the Nets to win a lot of games and make deep runs in the playoffs. We all know how that panned out. Then we thought the Lakers were going to be a dominant team after they signed Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, but they barely made it to the playoffs and only lasted a year. Then many thought that after the last offseason, the Knicks could challenge Cleveland’s reign over the East, but they were finished before the season began.
So are super teams really bad for the NBA, or any other league? In terms of competition and parity, yes. It sucks when you know exactly who’s going to be in the championship game every year, which can hurt interest in the event and hurt ratings. Vice versa, super teams can be very entertaining as well. Everyone loves a good fight, and with two teams constantly competing to be at the top, bad blood is bound to form between the two. That sets the stage for trash talk, fights, and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Even though we knew the Cavs and Warriors were going to be in the Finals again, many of us still tuned in to see spats between LeBron James and Kevin Durant or altercations such as Tristan Thompson and David West (minus the mouth to mouth contact).
But in the grand scheme of things, there’s not much we as fans can get mad about. Teams will do what they have to do, even sell their souls to the devil, just to win championships. And players want to win championships during their career, and sometimes they will join teams that will give them the best chance to do so, even if it makes them the most hated person in the sports world.