All eyes are on the Golden State Warriors once again this season as they prepare to try and reclaim their spot at the top of the NBA.
Their acquisition of Kevin Durant has captured the league's imagination, though. If the Dubs weren't already a bona fide contender, the addition of the 2014 MVP has made them a whole different kind of proposition.
The Warriors now have an unprecedented four All-Stars in their ranks and are the bookmakers' favourites to win the NBA title once again.
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After winning a record-setting 73 games last season, the room for improvement was already very small, but with the addition of KD, the expectation is that Golden State will soar to new heights.
Speaking to ESPN's Darren Rovell, reigning back-to-back and first ever unanimous MVP Stephen Curry doesn't think there can be any more pressure on them this year than there was last season.
"I honestly don't think there could be any more pressure than we had last year," Curry said. "Coming off a championship, winning 73 games and being expected to win another [title], obviously it didn't happen. It's going to be a different vibe because it's a different team and different dynamics with different players with KD joining us. ... We have probably six or seven new guys."
There certainly is pressure on the Warriors, just like there is on any title favourite. However, when a team assembles a starting five like they have, it's natural that expectations go through the roof.
Curry is right though in many ways. For the Dubs, it's not about breaking any records again. If they snuck in as the eighth seed and won the NBA title, that would be just fine with them.