The Golden State Warriors came within one game of winning their second successive NBA championship after winning a record-setting 73 games during the regular season last term.
Ultimately, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers would crush their dream season, but Dubs star Andre Iguodala insists the northeast Ohio franchise are not the best side they faced last year.
The 2015 Finals MVP was a part of the Warriors side that chucked away a 3-1 series lead in the Finals, but it's the Oklahoma City Thunder - who themselves wasted a 3-1 series lead in the playoffs, but against Golden State - who Iggy believes should have gone all the way.
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"They played us better than anyone," Iguodala told Power 105.1 radio in New York on Wednesday. " They played us better than Cleveland. Some of the stuff they was doing, it's like ... 'Oh, man. We gotta play perfect.'"
A lot has changed since that Conference Finals encounter. Kevin Durant has made the biggest move in recent NBA history by joining the Warriors, Serge Ibaka has moved on to Orlando and reports suggest Russell Westbrook will be imminently traded.
"Now that we got KD, I can say it: They were the best team last year in the league in the playoffs," Iguodala said of OKC. "They were better than us. They were better than Cleveland. They were the best team in the playoffs. They should've won a championship."
Now that that Dubs have acquired Durantula and have formed the much criticised 'super team', all eyes will be on the 2015 champions to regain their place at the top of the basketball pecking order.
A team featuring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and indeed, KD, has all the tools to dominate the NBA, but keeping excellent cogs like Iggy, Shaun Livingston and adding David West will be just as important throughout the season.
A gambling man would say the Thunder, however, won't be the same proposition this season.