The 6’9’ superstar is averaging 25.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 4.8 APG. Losing 25 PPG is a problem. His backup Andre Iguodala is certainly not able to consistently put up those numbers. The Warriors have signed Matt Barnes, who is averaging 7.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, and 2.8 APG, so in the long run he won’t make a huge difference. Also, bench players such as Shaun Livingston and JaVale McGee will have to play more than usual, and put up more points. Not only that, they will have to play much better defense. Kevin Durant is by far their best defender, and without him they may give up a few extra points.
Let’s look at this from a different perspective. If the Warriors got Kevin Durant back by the playoffs, and made it to the finals, are they still the favorites? No, because of the Cavs. First of all, they have the best player in basketball, Lebron James. They also have two other superstars in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. That itself could contend with the Warriors, but there’s more. They are getting a huge asset in J.R. Smith back soon, and have just made a huge signing in Andrew Bogut. Not to mention Kyle Korver’s knock down shooting and Tristan Thompson’s rebounding. Their great depth, fast play, and ability to spread the floor is a lot for any team to handle. On top of that, they know how to beat the Warriors and have already beat them this year. They also beat them in the finals last year with a much worse team. Lebron James’ crying might have actually worked.
Are the Warriors screwed without KD? I guess we’ll see.