You couldn't be more wrong. None of the important players have gotten worse (except for Iggy mostly) but the NBA has caught up to how to play against that type of offensive movement. What goes overlooked is how KD plays into this. When the 73 win Warriors were dominating very few top teams were equipped to switch everything and defend them. 3 years later the top teams have lineups and key players that can do just that.
Switching everything forces a team to beat you on an ISO (hence why Houston switchy teams so much, but thats another topic). KD is the only player on the Warriors that is an elite ISO creator. Steph can create there but he's not great at it from an all game standpoint. If you switch everything KD will punish your weakness defender every time, if you don't switch the Warriors will punish you with all offball screens and motion.
If they were to have to play the top teams w/o KD right now they would very well lose, especially to Houston and the Celtics. 2 teams that can switch all over the court and also punish them with atleast 2 great shot creators. They'd still be a top 3-4 team considering they have one of the best defensive players ever and 2 of the greatest shooters ever.
The bottom line is the NBA has adjusted to how great the 73 win team was. That level of small dominance is just not possible now that more than 80 percent of the league can play that way now. In 2016 they were still playing the Grizz who wanted to go Grit n Grind, Houston had not figured out how to play playoff ball yet, the Clippers were playing DJ/BG combo and OKC was the only team that could stand in there way and we see how that turned out with KD leaving to join them.
You put Russ, KD, Adams and 2 shooters vs them today OKC overcomes them and then they are the team having to make the adjustment. People are so caught up in the amount of games they won vs how they would have to keep that going.
They won 73 games without him and KD's been a questionable fit from Day 1. I understand that GSW had flaws but to say they would be WORSE than the Ch'ip favorite they were without KD is not logical, IMHO. Other teams have gotten better but none of the most important players for GSW have gotten worse. In fact, I think they are better defensively WITHOUT KD.
Edited by Jody Smokes, August 26, 2018 - 10:21 AM.