Carmelo Anthony trade puts Thunder in superteam conversation.
Just one hero isn’t good enough for the world, this is why Superman needs super friends. Why Nick Fury put together the Avengers and why OKC Thunders traded for Carmelo Anthony.
Already making a high-risk move by acquiring Paul George, OKC Thunders is going all in by getting disgruntled Carmelo into the mix as the Thunders put together another monster trio that could potentially compete against other super teams in the NBA, particularly in the west.
But who are the legit super teams that can compete for the title now in the NBA?
OKC Thunder – It would be absurd not to put the Thunders in this conversation and even without Carmelo they were already one of the top teams as Westbrook and Paul George combination will certainly keep the opponent on their toes every time. With the arrival of Carmelo, the Thunders had become louder as they put together one of the best offensive teams in the NBA today. This is reminiscing when OKC still had Durant and Harden. The real question now is if they can make the three ball-dominant players work together and with the experience they had in the past, I am sure they would have already learned how to keep superstars on their roster.
Golden State Warriors – Still considered as the best among super teams. The Warriors are tested on the battlefield and among super teams, they have learned to compliment and work together as one unit. Led by Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the Warriors are still the favorite to win it this year as they still possess one thing that none of the other super teams have.
Cleveland Cavaliers – LeBron James is probably on the top as an individual player but we know that he still needs his friends to work in order to win. Now with Isaiah Thomas and an improved bench, the Cavaliers are certainly in the position again to be a contender in the finals as the King and the Cavaliers will be much more determined this year to avenge their loss to the Warriors as well as a championship win would at least give LeBron James something to think about before he considers leaving for next season.
Boston Celtics – Even without superstars, the Celtics were able to be the top team last season and now with the addition of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, the Celtics have repainted the team and brought in some new materials that will change the complexity of the game and could give them the opportunity to finally compete against their top rival in the east. Kyrie Irving certainly would be a big factor for the Celtics as he proves that he is ready for a lead role after leaving Cleveland. Gordon Hayward, on the other hand, is one of the most versatile players today would perfectly complement the team which consists of a veteran star like Al Hartford and rising Rookies like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
Houston Rockets – It’s amazing how James Harden has elevated the Rockets by himself and with the MVP-like performance last year, you can bet that the bearded one will be more determined this year especially as his former teammates in OKC Westbrook and Durant put together a great team of their own. Harden and the Houston Rockets was initially favored to land Carmelo but with limited assets to give in return they forfeit their chances of creating a big three in Houston, instead, he is left with a new point guard in Chris Paul. Most people think that these two players would not work together because they like holding the ball most of the time but all I can say is, great players know how to adjust and Harden and Paul are both brilliant. Watch out for the Houston Rockets as they arguably showcase the best backcourt duo in the NBA.
Honorable mention: Minesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs.