With the 2020-21 NBA season underway, the league seemingly is in a great place with deep teams and skilled players from top to bottom. Whether it is the Los Angeles Laker or Clippers in the West, or the Milwaukee Bucks or Brooklyn Nets in the East, there are teams loaded with superstar players and fortified rosters.
But if the Warriors from 2016-2019, led by Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, were in the NBA today, could any of these current teams beat them in a seven-game series?
According to former player and NBA champion Channing Frye, the answer is quite simple.
"Hell no!" Frye exclaimed on the "Dubs Talk" podcast.
"I am shocked that Cleveland won a game. Well, okay, gentleman's sweep!" Frye said while laughing and sarcastically clapping.
Frye was a member of the Cavaliers team that stormed back from a 3-to-1 deficit against the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals to claim the title. He also was on the Cavs team the following year that lost four-games-to-one in the Finals to a reloaded Warriors team that had added Durant in the offseason.
According to Frye, the Warriors' offense was just too lethal to keep up with.
"You have three guys, in any quarter could give you 30, by themselves. So to double team KD, would be to leave the two best shooters of all time in the NBA open. To double team Steph, would be to play Kevin Durant one-on-one," Frye recalled.
"Like, what? Are you all drunk?" Frye jokingly asked rhetorically.
The Houston Rockets came close to beating those Warriors in the 2018 Western Conference finals, and many point to the loss of Chris Paul in the final two games of the series as the reason Houston could not pull off the upset. However, many also forget that the Warriors were without Iguodala for a majority of the series as well.
Most of the elite teams in today's NBA have a combination of two stars, for instance, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, or Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Yet the Warriors had four All-Stars and most likely five future Hall of Famers on their roster.
"They [were] just too fast, too good defensively, their bench was locked in, physical, and defensively [they would] switch, switch, switch, and you could not get the ball passed the free throw line," Frye explained.
"They were just too much. Too much, too skilled, too smart, too locked in. They were just next level."