Kevin Durant drilled his first shot with the Warriors on opening night.
Kevin Durant made his Golden State Warriors regular season debut on Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. Durant had a highly-publicized free agency over the summer, which saw him leave the Oklahoma City Thunder after nine seasons. He joined the Warriors, the team that beat the Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference Finals. This took over the offseason as the top story and carried over into opening night.
So, on Wednesday, Durant would step onto the court with new teammates Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. The latter three won’t need to do as much going forward with someone like the 2014 NBA MVP on their team.
Just minutes into the game, Durant would hit his first shot with the Warriors. It was an easy fade away over Spurs guard Tony Parker to give the Dubs a quick basket. This came from a Curry screen, which led to Parker switching onto Durant.
We’ll be seeing plenty of this from Durant throughout the 2016-17 season. He’ll be on display with the other three stars of this Golden State team, which will be Western Conference favorites. They could even win their second NBA Finals in three years as well.
The Cleveland Cavaliers could be in their way for a third straight year, though. Golden State had a 3-1 lead on them in June, but a LeBron James-led comeback gave the Cavs the series win, 4-3. This led to them regrouping in the offseason, signing Durant, and unloading pieces like Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut to make room. It has made for a new-look Warriors team, which will have to gel before they dominate the Western Conference.
Kevin Durant will be one to watch for throughout the 2016-17 season. His new super team should be the talk of the league especially if they can come close to 70 wins again.