As what will be known as one of the most disrespectful free agency moves, Kevin Durant deferred to the Golden State Warriors prior to the start of the season. Thunder fans were in an outrage, and feared for the fate of the following season. Well, does it really make all the difference? My analysis:
With this weekend being Finals, the North American LCS 2017 Spring Split will soon come to a conclusion with the 3rd place match between Phoenix 1 and FlyQuest and the 1st place match between Team Solo Mid and Cloud 9.
Meaning that the split will come to an upsetting and predictable end. Upsetting not because I dislike the teams in the finals (this shows that they are the best in the region and thus deserved the spot), but rather because I feel that we all wanted something different, given that this year’s finals is simply a mirror of the 2016 Summer Split.
The regular split and finals thus far were full of excitement and upsets only to end on the same terms as last time. It does however give these two teams (which let’s be honest are the best hope this region has to win internationally) a chance to gain momentum going into summer spit and possibly worlds.
The winners will also earn a spot in the 2017 MSI where they will test the waters against the international teams they will most likely see at worlds. As far as which team I think will win, I have to go with TSM.
Though they had a rough beginning this split, TSM has shown significant progress as a team. They came in with a new ADC and it really seemed to mess them up at first. But since TSM WildTurtle has settled in to his past home the team is functioning as well as ever.
Whereas C9 synergized from the start with their new top lane they steadily lost their lead towards the end. And though they seem to have fixed their problems (judging from their 3-0 victory against P1) I still feel as though TSM is stronger at this point.
Given that TSM Hauntzer has shown time and time again he can survive (and mostly win) against anything a team can throw (It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a top lane 2v1 so well) and with TSM Bjergsen being able to stomp anyone in the region who is put in his lane, I see little room for C9 outside of bot lane (where TSM should be able to hold the line as well).
But seeing that TSM likes to throw the first games in these matches then sweep the next 3 I suspect the series will end 3-1 TSM (maybe 3-2 if things don’t go as planned one game).
After Finals the team that wins will compete at MSI where they face off against the winner of the splits around the world and where the season gets truly exciting.
The New York Knicks have been consistent through one factor in recent years: the lack of a true point guard. Now, with a likelihood of picking at seven or higher, a plethora of proficient young guards will be available. With eyes set on Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox, who fits better for a team ready to rebuild?
Rather than arguing the eternal MVP battle of Harden vs Westbrook, I decided to hand out my own title, the Most Essential Player.
The Most Essential Player, is the player whose performance can make the biggest impact.
Here are your most essential players, of each team in the post-season: