2017: The Year of the Dubs
A Look Back at the Year that Was in Dub Nation
There’s no question that the Dubs are enjoying a golden era. Even with that context, 2017 sticks out as a banner year, and that goes way beyond what’s transpiring on the court. Yes, a second NBA title in three seasons is at the center of everything, but the Warriors’ success in 2017 stretches into the community and other business ventures as well. Here is a top-level look at all that transpired in one of the greatest years in franchise history.
WINNING THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP … AGAIN
On the night of June 12, gold confetti rained down from the rafters at Oracle Arena as the Warriors celebrated an NBA Championship on Warriors Ground. The Dubs beat the Cavs in five games, becoming the fifth team in NBA history with five NBA titles. The Championship was the second in three seasons for the Dubs, and it also concluded the third straight Warriors-Cavs matchup in the NBA Finals. The Dubs only lost once in the entire 2017 postseason – Game 4 in Cleveland – and their 16-1 playoff record (.941) was the best single-season record in NBA history. Furthermore, the Warriors’ finished their postseason run with a differential of +13.5, ranking second in NBA postseason history behind the 1971 Milwaukee Bucks (+14.5).
To the victor goes the spoils, and there were certainly a lot of those to go around during and after the Dubs’ championship season. See below for some of the top honors …
Stephen Curry: 2017 NBA All-Star, 2016-17 All-NBA Second Team
Kevin Durant: 2017 NBA All-Star, 2016-17 All-NBA Second Team
Draymond Green: 2017 NBA All-Star, 2016-17 All-NBA Third Team, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year
Klay Thompson: 2017 NBA All-Star
Bob Myers (Warriors GM): NBA Executive of the Year
Additionally, there were countless transcendent moments on the court, but perhaps the lasting 2017 highlight that stands out from the rest was this shot from Kevin Durant in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, which earned the #BestPlayoffMoment at the first-ever NBA Awards show.