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The Warriors Are Incomparable, Right?

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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 02: Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors goes up to dunk the ball against J.R. Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 2, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors goes up to dunk the ball against J.R. Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and the rest of The Warrior clan appear to be unstoppable. After a record-breaking season, the team drawing comparisons to the ’95-’96 Bulls has returned to the NBA finals for a rematch of last year’s championship series. But when a team is in a league of its own is it fair to compare it to other ones?

“What is the point, really, of historical comparison? How do you measure a basketball mutation, which is what the Golden State Warriors have become, with their long-distance dialing that makes comparing them with storied N.B.A. teams of yore like distinguishing between a smartphone and a land line?”

Read the full essay by Harvey Araton here.