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Steve Kerr reveals why 2017 Warriors team is best roster he’s coached


Steve Kerr says the 2017 Golden State Warriors championship team is “no question” the best roster he’s coached since joining the Dubs.

The 2017 Warriors team featured Kevin Durant in his first season for The Bay. Kerr spoke to Wes Goldberg of The Mercury News about what made that team so special:

“The combination of talent, two-way abilities with having so many players capable of playing both ends of the floor and the motivation that came with losing in the Finals the year before and the motivation for Kevin to win his first championship — it was all in the mix,” Steve Kerr said.

“It was brand new for him and so, as a group, we were so fresh and excited to be there. There were no distractions. It was just us playing basketball.”

The Warriors won 67 games that regular season. They lost only once in the playoffs. That was Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors in scoring that year. He averaged 25.3 points per game in the regular season. Durant was right behind him at 25.1. The latter won his first Finals MVP in 2017.

Kerr has guided the Dubs to three titles in five years since replacing Mark Jackson. However, the 2019-20 season was a disaster for Kerr. Before play was suspended due to COVID-19, Kerr and the Warriors had the worst record in the league.

Golden State, though, should be playoff contenders whenever the 2020-21 season starts since Klay Thompson will be back from his ACL injury.