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Defense and Championships


There's been a lot of media love for Kevin Durant and OKC as the new darlings of the NBA.  They have been anointed the team of the future by major media outlets.  Currently, Durant has been on a tear in the FIBA games.  Westbrook hasn't been bad either.  But does all this attention mean that Durant and the Thunder will ultimately win a championship?

I researched every championship team from 1969 to 2010 on basketball-reference.com to see if they had their team leader or a major player on either the first or second All-Defensive teams.  What I found was that in the last forty years of the NBA, every eventual champion had one to three players on either All-Defense Teams with the exception of the '74-'75 Warriors, '77-'78 Bullets, '94-'95 Rockets and '05-'06 Heat.

It appears that the old saying, "defense wins championships" is pretty accurate.  

Kevin Durant is a great player, but not a defensive juggernaut.  Nor does he have any great defensive teammates to pick up the slack.  This is why I think that even if Durant is the scoring champ for years to come, he won't win a ring unless he ups his defense to say like Kobe or OKC trades for one.  This is also why I believe with Greg playing his usual defensively-dominant game, the Blazers have a much better chance of winning a ring than OKC.

What does everyone else think?

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