Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has admitted that the Oklahoma City Thunder were the best team in the playoffs last season and deserved to be crowned NBA champions.
The Warriors faced the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals and found themselves on the brink of elimination after falling 3-1 behind. Despite this, the Warriors rebounded and came back to defeat the Thunder 4-3 and advance to the NBA Finals, where they would take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In the NBA Finals, however, the Warriors found themselves in the same position as the Thunder had been and suffered the same fate as the Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to win the NBA Finals after being 3-1 down.
While the Warriors failed in their quest to retain their NBA title, Iguodala reiterated that the Thunder had been the better team in their series and played even better than the Cavaliers did in the NBA Finals.
“They played us better than anyone,” he told Power 101.5 radio in New York. “They played us better than Cleveland. Some of the stuff they was doing, it’s like … ‘Oh, man. We gotta play perfect.'”
Since their loss to the Cavaliers, a lot has changed for the Warriors as they have significantly bolstered their line-up with the addition of Thunder superstar Kevin Durant.
With Durant having signed a two-year, $54.3 million deal, Iguodala insisted that he had no shame in admitting that the Thunder outplayed the Warriors in the playoffs last season and should’ve been rewarded for their efforts.
“Now that we got KD, I can say it: They were the best team last year in the league in the playoffs,” Iguodala said. “They were better than us. They were better than Cleveland. They were the best team in the playoffs. They should’ve won a championship.”