Adam Silver says Cavs and Warriors’ success has not disrupted NBA’s competitive balance
This season is now down to a maximum of seven games as the NBA Finals is starting soon. Looking back at the year that was, it has been filled with a lot of exciting plays, as well as historic moments. One of them is seeing two teams face off in the finals for the third consecutive season, as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have proven they are the most consistent teams in the past three years.
When the Dubs successfully added Kevin Durant to their fold last summer, many believed it all but sealed their chance of making another title run, which also shows the lack of parity among all NBA teams. However, for Adam Silver, he feels it’s unfair for the former MVP, as he made his feelings known, via Jordan Heck of Omnisport, that his decision didn’t completely change the chances of the other franchises to win this year.
“I will say, and I heard Kevin Durant say something like this the other day, I think it’s a little unfair to him to blame him for the lack of so-called ‘competitive balance’ at the moment in the league. I mean, he could have only impacted one team, had he stayed in Oklahoma City or gone somewhere else, there’s no doubt that team would have been better, but it wouldn’t have changed the fortunes for 27 other teams in the league.”
The commissioner also added that he is in shock that a lot of fans think that there are only two competitive teams in the league. He then said that the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics dynasties in the past are the only ones he considers as such, and that scouting for the draft can only play to a team’s advantage.
“It’s just hard for me to fathom how there becomes this perception that at the moment there are only two teams that are truly competitive in the league. I just don’t believe it. And I think you’re going to see these things have a way of working themselves out over time. I mean, Kawhi Leonard was the 15th pick in the draft, Isaiah Thomas was the 60th pick in the draft, Draymond Green was the 35th pick in the draft. And we have a great draft class coming up next year.
“So, when I hear people say that these are now the two teams that are dynasties. You know, think back, you guys know the history. We have the Lakers and Celtics — the Celtics have won 17 championships, Lakers 16 — that’s almost half of all championships won in the NBA by those two teams. Now [the Cavs and Warriors] are being called dynasties. One, [Cleveland] before last year had never won in the history of the NBA. Golden State hadn’t won in 40 years. These are the two teams now that are playing and everybody’s saying ‘Now they’re dynasties.’ So they have a lot of winning to do before I think they should be declared dynasties in the way that the Celtics and Lakers dominated for so many years, or even San Antonio with their five championships or the Bulls with their six championships.”
If there’s any way for this to change in the near future, it could be next month’s draft, which includes a deep pool of talented players who have the promise of becoming franchise changers. That, and this summer’s free agency could turn out to be what the league needs to have more contenders for the title and make the competition even tougher for all teams.