15 best NBA moments from 2016

June 19, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Kevin Love (0) celebrate the 93-89 and series victory against the Golden State Warriors following game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
June 19, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Kevin Love (0) celebrate the 93-89 and series victory against the Golden State Warriors following game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports /
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3. KD joins the “Super Villains”

Just as LeBron’s letter had done in 2014, Kevin Durant’s “My Next Chapter” article for the Players’ Tribune turned the NBA world upside down when it was released on July 4.

More than just a shift of power like the ones James had triggered with Miami and Cleveland in the past, this was the formation of an unprecedented super team. The most dominant regular season team in the history of the league adding the player who many believe to be the NBA’s best scorer, is a moment with the potential to change the shape of things for years to come.

The world of hypotheticals has long been driven by questions such as “What would the Bulls have been able to do if they could have added Karl Malone in 1997?”, but now the Warriors had put something that’s actually similar to that idea into practice.

What the Warriors can go on to achieve with Durant remains to be seen, but the early signs have been positive. As a result, there’s no reason to put a ceiling on them just yet.

Regardless of the eventual outcome, it’ll be hard to forget the impending sense of doom that fans of the league’s other 29 teams felt when the league’s first group of “Super Villains” finally came together.