The phrase "Super Team" is rolled out left and right in the NBA and the current lead example is the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
"We didn't set out to create a Super Team," Warriors GM Bob Myers said Tuesday night on NBA TV. "Five years ago, we were looking up at Miami, the Lakers, Spurs or whoever. You don't quit. What can you do? You try to do it the best you can and compete and build and hopefully every decision you make makes you incrementally better, whether it's five perent, 10."
After defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games in the Western Conference Finals in the 2015-16 season, and then losing in seven games of the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors signed Thunder star Kevin Durant. Many deemed the Warriors to be unfair as the NBA's next Super Team adding Durant to the likes of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, etc.
But the Warriors drafted Curry, Thompson and Green, and Myers knows that's where the process to greatness truly starts.
"For us, it was I inherited Steph Curry from when I showed up," Myers continued. "You draft Klay Thompson, you say, 'Well that makes us a little better.' You make a trade that makes us a little better. We got fortunate that Iguodala wanted to come on board. Now we're a little better. You grab a couple vets. You put yourself in position in the draft and get lucky and get a Draymond Green. And then Durant was completely unexpected."
Myers won't comment on if Super Teams are good or bad for the NBA, but he knows firsthand that they don't happen overnight and every front office is out looking to do the same thing eventually.
"Whether it's good or bad, I don't know," Myers said. "I think all of us understand the moves we make four years ago, five years ago, three years ago, lead to now. When LeBron and Bosh came (to Miami), it's because they drafted Wade and he was so good and won a championship. He loved that culture so much that he went out to LeBron and Bosh and said, 'C'mon man, this is the place to come.'
"So the decision to draft Dwyane Wade was the pivotal decision. ...The decisions we make years prior, lead us to where we are today. Somebody's making decisions right now that are going to be impactful three, four years from now and that person's gonna be sitting here."