Looking back on the 2010s (2010-2019), the decade was filled with teams that epitomised greatness.
The 2012-13 Heat, 2013-14 Spurs and 2015-16 Cavs were in hot contention for my best team of the decade. These 3 teams, each unique in their own style both offensively and defensively, achieved historic success in each of their seasons (each of them winning the championship in said years).
But, ultimately, they were only second-best to my eventual team of the decade.
The 2016-17 Warriors.
I’m sure this is a surprise to absolutely nobody.
After being humiliated in the previous finals after giving up the infamous 3-1 lead to the Cavs, the Warriors needed to get better.
That was easier said than done after an already historic season the year before which included a 73-9 regular season record, Steve Kerr winning Coach of the Year and the first ever unanimous MVP season from Steph Curry.
With their core of Curry, Klay and Draymond – the Warriors looked to improve at the small forward position after a horrifically bad Finals from their small forward at the time in Harrison Barnes.
In came Kevin Durant.
Bob Myers had done it – the ultimate team.
The greatest 3-point shooting backcourt of all time had been joined by one of the greatest scorers to ever take the court.
The defensive core of Draymond Green (who went on to win DPOY), Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala was joined by one of the best defensive small forwards that the game had to offer.
Pressure, both offensively and defensively, shifted from the shoulders of one or two players to the collective shoulders of the squad.
KD was the final puzzle piece of not only one of the greatest teams of the decade, but in NBA history.
Despite their regular season record dipping by 8 wins, the Warriors flew through the playoff brackets to finish with a playoff record of 16-1.
The 2016-17 Golden State Warriors. The best team that the 2010s have to offer.