It’s been two weeks since the new NBA league year started with one of the most anticipated periods: free agency.
2019 has had the deepest roster of talented free agents in a long time.
Names this year included Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Tobias Harris, Patrick Beverley, Kemba Walker, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and D’Angelo Russell.
Durant and Green still managed to pick up some big deals despite both of them suffering big injuries during the NBA Finals, in which the Toronto Raptors won their first championship by defeating the Golden State Warriors in six games and effectively ending their five-year dynasty in the process.
Durant went to join Irving and Deandre Jordan with the Brooklyn Nets, who are quickly becoming a playoff force in the Eastern Conference. KD is expected to miss all of next season after he tore his achilles.
Thompson tore his ACL and stayed with the Warriors on a max extension, keeping the Splash Brother duo of him and Steph Curry together for the foreseeable future. He should be back late in the season if Golden State makes a playoff run.
With the dismemberment of the Golden State dynasty and Kawhi Leonard, fresh off of his second championship and Finals MVP award, off to the Clippers to play with Paul George and Beverley, the balance of power has been restored to the NBA, where it is anyone’s league.
For the 2010’s, it has been about two dynasties: LeBron James with the Miami Heat in four years and the Warriors in five years.
The Heat and Warriors combined for five of the decade’s championships, with the Mavericks, Spurs, Cavaliers and Raptors winning the other four.
This was the first time since 2010 that James did not reach the Finals.
With no proper dynasty in either conference, there is no superteam and many teams are balanced out with mainly star duos.
Sure the Mavericks had all the cap space and they have not signed the biggest name on the market, but they were able to bring back some of their own talent and add some veteran presence to play with the best duo of 25-or-under players: Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.
It may not happen this year, but we should now be a couple years away from Dallas returning to being championship contenders.
And we all have to thank this period of free agency for that.