Even though Klay Thompson played a huge part in why the Golden State Warriors returned to the NBA Finals, it was the eventual MVP Stephen Curry who was the difference maker.
Curry averaged 31.2 points per game, 5 assists and 6 rebounds for the 6-game series against Boston. Thompson only shot 35% from the field for the series, but being there and healthy was good enough. Andrew Wiggins probably could have easily been Finals MVP for his defense alone, averaging 1.5 steals and blocks per game. He was second on the team in scoring averaging 18.3 points per game.
Jordan Poole, Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. all contributed at big moments. Poole was an impact scorer off the bench as was Porter at moments. Payton’s impact was felt on defense as that was the mainstay of his Hall of Fame dad’s career.
Draymond Green, whether you love him or hate him, does the dirty work for this team. He can defend all five positions and when he’s got it going on offense he can be an excellent facilitator. Boston had no answer for him toward the end of the series.
This run of success has only happened a hand full of times. There’s nothing to me that says they can’t tack on another one or two before it’s over if they remain healthy.
Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors on winning their 7th title in franchise history.