When the championship is on the line it is important for your superstars to step up. While everyone talks about Steph Curry's performances in 2015 and 2016, and how he did not seem to be himself, he still managed to average over 20 points per game. While Durant was a phenom this year and until his Game 3 dagger, there was an argument for he and Durant being Co-MVPs. Game 4, Durant gave it his all, but the Cavaliers were hungry. They set a record, knocking down 25 3-pointers and forced a Game 5. But at home, at the Oracle Arena, Durant once again put on a performance of a lifetime. He became the 1st player since Shaquille O'Neal to score at least 30 points in 5 straight Finals games.
The Golden State Warriors did things the right way. Built their team in the draft and signed a superstar. People hate on Durant for joining what they call a Super Team, but the Warriors did not get their superstars through free agency or through trades. They drafted players, found a system that works for them and they emerged as superstars. Yes, Durant was the number two overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, but let's look at their other superstars.
- Steph Curry: 2009 Round 1, Pick 7
- Klay Thompson: 2011 Round 1, Pick 11
- Draymond Green: 2012 Round 2, Pick 35
Say what you want about the Golden State Warriors, just make sure you call them champions.