Coming off their 2nd NBA Championship in that last 3 years, the Golden State Warriors have made one thing perfectly clear: beating them won't be easy. That point was evident for the Portland Trail Blazers, whom the Warriors swept in a non-competitive first round series. That point was evident to the Utah Jazz, who were also beat by the Warriors in just four games. That point was even evident to the 61 win San Antonio Spurs, who stood little chance against the Dubs without Kawhi Leonard. And, finally, the Cavs who went down in 5 games.
In order for any team to even think about beating Golden State, severe changes are going to have to be made. Player are going to have to be dealt, deals will have to be signed, and major improvements will have to start taking effect. Here are 5 ways other contenders can beat the Golden State Warriors:
Dwyane Wade Joins The Cleveland Cavaliers
I don't know how, I don't know when. But Dwyane Wade would be the perfect fit alongside LeBron James in Cleveland. In the aftermath of the Jimmy Butler trade, Dwyane Wade is now left on a team that is in the middle of a strong rebuild. He has his rings and his legacy already, nothing can take that away. But how awesome would it be to see Wade get another by reuniting with the King? The 35 year old vet would give the Cavs an additional shot creator while adding a proven playmaker. No doubt it would come to give the Warriors a true scare.
Boston Trades Their Picks
This summer has been heckled by NBA Trade Rumors of all kinds. And while most were probably exaggerated, some have some real truth behind them. The Celtics were in the mix for all those deals, and they have plenty of expendable assets to offer. But, for some reason, the Celtics refuse to give up anything for a proven All-Star. Jimmy Butler and possibly Paul George could have both been Celtics. If Boston uses their future draft picks to acquire somebody like Andre Drummond or Paul George, it could be enough to challenge the Warriors.
The Spurs Sign CP3
Chris Paul could finally be finished in L.A. And where better to start his next chapter than in San Antonio? Pop and Kawhi would provide an amazing environment for the point guard to thrive in. Not to mention that the Spurs were a 60+ win team last season. With CP3 running the point, the Spurs could be virtually unstoppable. With Tony Parkers fitter becoming a bigger question mark as time goes on, Chris Paul could be the one to replace him.
The Thunder Sign Blake Griffin
The KD - Russ tandem was one of the best in recent memory. For Thunder fans, it was all they could dream of, except for one thing: a championship. Despite how talented they were, the two partners in crime could never quite get it done. Now, with Durant gone, it's time to find him a new partner. Hopefully one that could bring a trophy home. Blake Griffin could be that man. Griffin and Russ would create a super athletic duo, one that could definitely live up to the hype. Westbrook is already a huge problem for the Warriors. With a solid team and an additional superstar supporting him, it could be the key to overwhelming Golden State.
Kyle Lowry Signs With Houston
The Rockets surprised many fans last year. Even with James Harden, the Rockets weren't expected to be very competitive. Well, they proved everyone wrong, and finished 3rd in the West. Now imagine if Kyle Lowry jumps in, brining more shooting, playmaking and ball handling. That's just complete mayhem. Mike D'Antoni like to run and shoot as much as possible. With Lowry, the Rockets could definitely hold true to that. With a few more extra pieces = that fit their system, a Houston team loaded with Harden and Lowry would be good enough to give the Dubs nightmares.