Take it as you please, but the addition of Kevin Durant to the Warriorsupgrades their roster to dynamic proportions – one that consists of theleague’s back-to-back MVP winner (Stephen Curry), the league’s most prolific three-point shooter (Klay Thompson), and the most versatile big in the game (Draymond Green). Now add Durant, this unfathomable spectacle of a basketball player, one that holds the third highest career scoring average in NBA history,to a team that obtainsthe record for most wins in a regular reason and were a few breaks away from repeating as NBA champions.It’s hard to comprehend but Durant's addition to Golden Statemakes them undeniable front-runners next season and there are numerous reasons why. Here’s a look into just how Durant fits in with this mammoth of a team.

Makes them more dangerousin space

Golden State’s offense can be flawless when it’s running perfectly. Like a well-tuned engine, the Warriors possess a motor that rarely malfunctions. By posting the best points per 100 possessions mark in NBA history at 114.5 this season and the 10th best offensive rating in NBA history, setting the record straight in thosetwo offensive metrics alone is impressive.

Much of that success is fed offby their unprecedented spacing as a team, where it seems every Warrior distinctively knows where they’re at on the court.

Plug-in Durant to the fold and the Warriors positioning on offense becomes even stronger.With the departure of Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut, itopens up the positioning aspect of where Steve Kerr can potentially placeDurant on the floor.

Durant’s explosiveness anywhere on the floor makes him the best option during iso situations. The two best penetrators in terms of efficiency on the Warriors this year were guards Leandro Barbosa and Shaun Livingston – both connecting on 60 percent of drives at the rim.

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Durant on the other hand, shot 68.8 percent when driving to the net this season (playoffs excluded). With that much of an increase by one player, Kerr can set up Durant in a plethora of iso situations – ofthe 109 players with at least 50 isolations this past season, Durant ranked 16th in terms of scoring efficiency, averaging 0.99 points per possession on such plays.

His freakish length makes him recover well on defense

Here’s what we know about Golden State’s defense.

It’s highly efficient in a lot of areas, such as utilizing a mixture of stretch-fours and durable wings.However, it provided superfluouschallenges during the most stressfulcircumstances. For instance, when their lack of size throughout its “small-ball” lineup cost them against LeBron in the later stages of this year’s Finals, or when their stagnant switching on the perimeter became exposed. Those were primarily the blemishes that cost them and their chances of a potential Finals repeat.

Those are also blemishes that Durant can cover up, maybe even erase.

Remember, Steve Kerr hasn’t improved Golden State’s defense overnight. Its taken constant refining, diligence of players, and even painful position changes over the years to make the fourth most efficient defense (according to Hollinger) workin this league. Golden State holds that reputable efficiency mark of 100.9 without the service of a towering shot-blocker.

While Green would abruptly attest to that notion by achieving a career-high in blocks this season with 113 (1.4 per game), his height of 6’9” puts him as the minority. Actually, Bogut’s loss would mean the most in this regard, as he was one of the best switching centers in the NBA in 2016, accounting for 24 percent of the Warriors’ blocks, compiling 3.8 per 100 possessions.

Durant might have only accounted for 85 blocks this season, but his 6’10” frame and 7’4” wingspan adds an enormous amount of length to Golden State on the perimeter [if and when Durant decides to guard on-the ball] and by essentially being the size of a power forward, he can complement Green and Ezeli well in the paint.

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