Golden State Warriors: How can the team replace Kevin Durant’s impact?

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The loss of Kevin Durant for the Golden State Warriors could be the end of the dynasty. But they will have to replace various facets of his game.

For many people, losing Kevin Durant this offseason meant the dynasty was over. There is no doubt that losing an MVP-caliber player will hurt the Golden State Warriors, but there are some ways they can reduce the impact of his loss.

Durant was a back-to-back Nba Finals MVP for the Warriors and gave them so much offensive dominance when they needed it most.

Against the switching defense of the Houston Rockets, Durant would consistently find himself in the post against a smaller player. Against the Cleveland Cavaliers, he would often be a go-to isolation scorer in crunch time.

He also gave them significant rim-protection and versatility on the defensive end. There are easier ways to replace this but it should not be forgotten as a part of his game that will need to be accounted for.

The main aspects of his game which need to be replaced can be broken down into isolation, post-scoring, mid-range shooting, rim-protection.