When Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors this summer, the whole league collectively groaned at the prospect of a new and improved Dubs.
This is a Warriors side that produced the best ever regular season record last term. Their 73 wins eclipsed the previous best set by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls back in 1996 and they were one game away from winning back-to-back championships, too.
LeBron James was the divine intervention that put a stop to that, but the near miss didn't stop the Oakland franchise from going out and making some major changes.
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Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes were gutted from the record-setting lineup and sent packing to the Dallas Mavericks. Just enough cap room was mustered so that the Warriors could make a real run at KD, and they did just that.
Now that 2015 NBA champions have Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson in their ranks; four current All-Stars evenly spread around the court.
Three of those men suited up for Team USA this summer and gave us a glimpse into what the Warriors might look like next season.
The Stars and Stripes went 8-0 through the Games in Brazil, but at times, their record flattered to deceive. Three times in the pools Mike Krzyzewski's men were ran close. First by Australia, then eventual finalists Serbia and finally by France.
However, at the business end of the competition, the Americans showed their class and Durant in particular came up with a game-high 30-points in the gold medal game.
It was only the second time the offensive juggernaut was the team's leading scorer in Rio, but his coach saw some growth in the small forward during his time representing the U.S. this summer.
"He's even better now because he's very competitive," Krzyzewski said of Durant. "A little bit more vocal, and is a good teammate."
Coach K believes Durant's controversial decision in free agency certainly affected the 2014 MVP, but the now-former Team USA coach believes that, like LeBron James, people will come to respect Kevin Durant the player, even if they don't like his choices.
"That decision knocked him back, I think, a little bit.
"Even the people who say they do not like you, they respect you,” Krzyzewski said of his message to Durant. "And if they don't they're knuckleheads because then they don't respect excellence."
It's hard to say how the Golden State Warriors dynamic worked on Team USA. Draymond Green was more of a role player and took a backseat to Carmelo Anthony at the Games. He only saw 13 minutes against Argentina in the quarterfinals, a grand total of two minutes against Spain in the semifinals and then eight more minutes against Serbia in the final.
Klay Thompson was much more of a constant and the pair were more often that not the top two scorers for the U.S. team. They clearly had no issue functioning together, but what happens when you throw the ball-dominant Curry into that mix?
We certainly saw Durant's and Thompson's class on the offensive end this summer, but with another pair of hands to come into the equation, will the Warriors be formidable or frustrated next term?