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Think the Warriors are ruining the NBA? Look closer.

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Golden State in the finals. Text: Strength in Numbers
Graphic: Adam Torres

The Warriors are the most hated team in basketball, and it isn’t hard to see why. Night after night they blow teams away, already winning 12 games by 20 points or more at this point in the season.  And I hate to break it to you, but that won’t be changing any time soon.

A superteam is defined as any highly successful team made up of all stars, and simply put, the Warriors are just that. Their roster is stacked, even in comparison to the superteams of past years.  Think about the 2012 Miami Heat roster. Sure, they started LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade, but this same team also relied on players such as Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers. And let’s be honest, unless you’re a bandwagon NBA fan, you’ve never heard those two names before.

Meanwhile, the Warriors have at least five future hall of famers playing together, making them an unstoppable force. Between the electric shooting of the Splash Brothers, the suffocating defense of Draymond Green, the innate scoring ability of Kevin Durant, and the sheer power of DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins – no lineup can compare.

The astounding accuracy of long range shooters like Steph Curry and Klay Thompson make defense against this team an impossible feat.  This season, Curry is shooting nearly 54 percent on threes between 30 and 35 feet, while the rest of the NBA is hovering around 22 percent from that range. He also holds the record for the most three pointers made in one season with the staggering number of 402. And get this – he stands second and third place on this list, while his teammate Thompson holds the fourth place slot. Curry and Thompson changed the game with their three-pointers, and all the rest of the league can do is sit and watch.

What enrages fans of other teams is how the Dubs seem to acquire new talent every year, while other teams struggle to find stars. Golden State always has a solution. Blow a 3-1 lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers after winning a record setting 73 games? Bring in KD, the 2013-2014 MVP, and win each of the next two titles. Worried about teams finally closing in on threatening the dynasty? Here comes Boogie, ready to come back with a vengeance after suffering a season-ending achilles injury just less than a year ago.

People claim that the Warriors are ruining basketball by creating an imbalance, with more lopsided games that are seemingly decided in the first quarter. For some, the games are found, dare I say it, boring.  But the Warriors are simply playing at a higher level than most teams in the NBA, and don’t expect them to change that for the sake of their competitors.

The Warriors play basketball the way it was meant to be played, with seamless ball movement and insane shooting expertise. The Warriors stuff the highlight reel after every game, and it is their electrifying sequences that captivate an audience, simply making the games more entertaining.

The Warriors are changing the NBA, and it is up to the rest of the league to keep up.

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