The Era of the Superteam

Nicholas D’Angelo, Staff Writer

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As the NBA season kicks off this October, we should expect nothing short of a star studded nonstop highlight reel of a season. What makes this new upcoming season so special is the newly created concept of a “superteam.” A superteam is considered to be a team that contains three or more of the top NBA players in their starting five lineup. This offseason has been nothing shy of superteam pandemonium with more and more being created left and right. The history of the superteam has most definitely existed before, but never in this fashion. The term superteam was first hinted at during the 2010 off-season when LeBron James, who was unanimously voted best player in the league, decided to cut his ties in Cleveland and join NBA all stars Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami. The new “big three” in Miami went on to enter 4 consecutive NBA finals winning two of them before LeBron decided to return to Cleveland in 2014. This powerhouse Miami Heat superteam planted the seed for what is about to come in this 2017 NBA season.

 

With the move from Miami to Cleveland in 2014, LeBron deserted his old superteam to create another one. He joined one of the best point guards in the league, Kyrie Irving, gaining another all star addition to the team in Kevin Love. The new big three had been formed leading to a solely dominant team in the league for the next years to come, until a man named Stephen Curry rose to stardom. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is now considered the best shooter in the NBA and has two NBA finals rings, but he didn’t get those rings alone. In order to beat LeBron the Warriors decided to go all in and sign Kevin Durant, a previous MVP in the league and a great two way all star. The warriors already had three unanimous all stars in their starting five, that was, until they added their fourth, creating a new breed and definition to the term superteam. This led to the expected dominant run in last year’s season with an easy championship win, and they are now expected to be the heavy favorite this year. They were the destined winners this year too, until the 2017 offseason began. NBA Teams decided that if you can’t beat them, then join them. More than three new superteams were created in this offseason: one in Minnesota, one in Oklahoma, one in Boston, and another one in Houston. With all these signings and trades, the NBA season this year, especially the playoffs, is must watch TV, but you might not want to watch every team. Unfortunately, the NBA has become biased in favor of powerhouse teams leaving other teams in the dust and NBA legend Michael Jordan is far from happy with this new era of the superteams stating that, “You’re going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage.” Michael Jordan isn’t alone in his argument against superteams, especially where they lead. This new era in basketball has left our local teams, like the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets, in the dust, with little or no hope to make the finals, let alone the playoffs. The competition has become too steep and lopsided in the NBA which, in a weird way, has turned fans away from the game while also bringing new fans in.

 

The era of the superteam may be a death wish for the NBA as a whole, but it might just be its saving grace. NBA Finals TV viewership has skyrocketed to 20.4 million viewers, the most ever recorded. Although not all fans are happy about this new movement in the National Basketball League it is for sure drawing in a huge crowd no matter what and bringing in loads of money to the league. The fairness in the league has completely been thrown out the window and it’s now every player for himself with the motivation of a championship in mind. Whether you like it or not, the era of the superteam is here for now and when it comes to the creation of powerhouse teams nothing is outside the realm of possibility.

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