The Bay Area has been home to many dynasties over the past five decades and if you look at the combined run of the Giants and Warriors in the 2010s, it’s tough for any other region in the country to come close, other than New England.
Josh Schrok of NBC Bay Area did a nice job looking back at the dynasties in the region dating back to the 1970s.
Here are the four teams from their respective areas that he chooses to compare:
Schrok put them four teams into a bracket style tournament. In his first matchup, he has the 1981-90 49ers run beating out the 1973-75 A’s.
Then he compared the 2015-18 Warriors against the 2010-14 Giants.
Here is his breakdown:
“Bruce Bochy’s Giants put together one of the weirdest dynasties in sports history.
Yes, we’re talking about even-year bulls—t.
The Giants won World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014, while doing pretty much nothing in 2011 and 2013.
The dynasty began years before, with a focus on home-grown talent. Matt Cain, who played a key role in the 2010 and 2012 titles, was drafted in 2003 and made his debut in 2005. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum was drafted in 2003 and made his Giants debut in 2007. Dynasty cornerstones Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt all were drafted between 2007-09. Pablo Sandoval and Sergio Romo made their MLB debuts in 2008.
The thing that made the Giants’ wonky dynasty so unique was the collection of veteran castoff players who came in and contributed to each title. The Andres Torres, NLCS MVP Cody Ross, World Series MVP Edgar Renteria, Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and Melky Cabrera’s of the world.
The Giants won their first title since moving to San Francisco in 1958. Those even years were magical. The Ross home runs against the Philadelphia Phillies, Bugarner’s unmatched 2014 postseason, Lincecum’s unquestioned brilliance.
But they gave way to years of disappointment. The honeymoon years where all you were left to think about is what the team in front of you looked like 12 months ago on their march to baseball immortality.
That up-and-down success is why this isn’t close.
The Warriors’ run is one of legend.
Three titles. Five straight trips to the NBA Finals. A 16-1 postseason in 2017. A 72-win regular season in 2016. The Warriors’ “death lineup” picked teams apart in 2015 and 2016, cleaning up defenses with surgical precision as Curry shimmied his way through the history books.
Then, like giving Thanos a seventh Infinity Stone, the Warriors added Durant, one of the greatest players of all time. The NBA never stood a chance. Sensing blood in the water, the Warriors pounded the league into submission in 2017 with their apathy serving as their only true enemy.
The next season served as much of the same. Bored with the lack of true competition, the Warriors toyed with their opponents and then flipped a switch only they could possess, routinely turning a game from a nail-biter to a blowout in a matter of minutes.
When locked in they were an offensive threat the likes of which the NBA has never and might never see again. The best shooter of all time in Curry, one of the most gifted scorers of all time in Durant, another all-time great shooter in Klay Thompson, an NBA Finals MVP in Andre Iguodala and the do-it-all Swiss Army knife of Draymond Green.
But for all their offensive brilliance, it was their ability to become an impenetrable wall on the defensive side that truly set them apart. When they had to, the Warriors crafted a straight jacket what no team or star player, except LeBron James in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, could truly crack.
They truly were one of a kind. This one, like most of the games those Warriors played, is a rout.”
That puts the 2015-18 Warriors against the run of the Joe Montana led 49ers from 1981-90.
Personally, I am taking the Warriors run. The 2014-15 team were at 28-1 odds to win the title in the preseason, those came way down after the team’s early 16-game winning streak.
The Dubs followed that up with the remarkable 2015-16 season, winning a league record 73 games. Even though they came up just short in Game 7 of the NBA Finals (damn you Adam Silver for the BS suspension of Draymond) they’re still easily one of the greatest teams in NBA history.
When Kevin Durant joined the squad for the 2016-17 it was game over for any other squad in the league. Dubs head coach Steve Kerr believes that combination of smarts and skills made his squad virtually unstoppable that season. The 2016-17 Warriors lost just one game in the postseason, capturing a second championship in three years.
I don’t think many people doubted the Dubs would repeat in 2017-18, and although there was some drama through the regular season, mainly out of boredom, the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers again to win their third title.
Which brings us to last season. Durant’s injury against the Rockets in Game 5 of the second round didn’t slow the Warriors down one bit, as they beat the Rockets in six and then stomped Portland in the Western Conference Finals.
Even though Durant’s return was short lived in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors, I still believe the Dubs beat Toronto in the series if Klay doesn’t get hurt in Game 6. The Warriors were taking over that game and the roof was about to blow off of Oracle before he tore his ACL. It sucks we didn’t get to see a Game 7.
If the Durant and Thompson injuries don’t happen, the Dubs would have won three titles in a row and four in five seasons.
Montana, Jerry Rice and co. were awesome through the 1980s, but the dominance and brilliance of those Warriors team were something we may not see again for a long time
Which dynasty do you think is the best out of the Bay Area bunch?