The “Year of the Warrior” ended in a runner-up finish for the National Basketball Association title. Chapter one of the 2016-17 campaign for Golden State hit the court running with a personnel addition that is expected to take Steve Kerr’s small-ball style of play to another level. The franchise signed sought after free agent Kevin Durant on Monday — and the Vegas strip alongside the larger offshore shops — began releasing fresh NBA futures and propositions for the upcoming season.
Coming off a record setting 73 wins this past regular season the Warriors “Big Three” is now the “Big Four” with the addition of Durant. League MVP Stephen Curry as well as Klay Thompson and Draymond Green welcome the signing of Durant to a two year contract that will reward the former Oklahoma City Thunder in the neighborhood of 54 million dollars over the period of the two-year deal.
The Thunder took a nose dive in the NBA Championship Futures moving anywhere from 7-to-1 to 35-to-1, depending on the particular sportsbook shop, once the news that Durant had signed with Golden State was publicly released on Independence Day.
After LeBron James and Cleveland won the 2016 Championship over Golden State in June the Warriors were set as the overwhelming favorites, at 7-to-4, to regain the Association crown in 2017. The addition of Durant moved the Warriors’ odds to 3-to-2 to secure the 2017 NBA title with some offshore stores placing Golden State at a minascule-150 on the moneyline to win the Western Conference title.
Durant will now take a spot in the Golden State starting lineup and give bench boss Kerr plenty of egos and court minutes to manage in the upcoming campaign.
There will be an enormous amount of discussion, and argument, in the next two-months, as to what the signing means to the balance of power in not only the Western Conference but the league as a whole. And just two short months after making history with the most regular season wins (73) in a single season, the Warriors have added a seven-time All-Star and 2014 Most Valuable Player to the unit spurring a litter of new 2016-17 NBA season propositions and futures.
The Warriors were already listed as the favorite to win the 2017 NBA Championship, but by adding one of the league’s best players to a roster that already includes three All-NBA performers (Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson), Golden State is now considered not only the team to beat this season but arguably one of the greatest of all times, and the “Big Four” have yet to play an official contest.
The Westgate Superbook of Las Vegas has placed the Warriors’ OVER/UNDER season win total at 68.5 games and are offering up “Will the Golden State Warriors win more than 74 games in the 2916-17 regular season” proposition.