Video: Speak For Yourself's Top 5 players to watch in the NBA Finals
Wiley and Acho are actually a fun duo to watch as opposed to the rest of the screaming heads. Celtics fans won't like the inclusion of three Warriors players and only two C's, but if we're being honest Golden State does have the more "star power." And they should considering their payroll is much higher than the Celtics.
Boston has two stars, one an All-NBA 1st teamer in Jayson Tatum and the other being Jaylen Brown. Though Brown has only made an All-Star game once, league wide he's considered a star. The rest of the Celtics (Yes even Marcus Smart) aren't considered All-Star talents. Curry, Thompson, and Draymond are multi time All-Stars, while Andre Wiggins just made his first appearance.
The Warriors ace in the hole is the emergence of Jordan Poole. He's advanced his game this season to the point that he's in the same conversation with the other 6 guys. So one could argue that the Warriors have five of the top 7 players in this series. I don't say that to knock the Celtics. I'm obviously rooting for Boston and it's also about team more than just talent. Just saying the Celtics are the underdogs here.
Also it should be noted while players like Al Horford, Marcus Smart, and Robert Williams (if healthy) may not rank as high nationally, they are all capable of being key players in this series. Derrick White, Grant Williams, and Payton Pritchard are all also capable of stepping up. Grant for one should see a lot of action against Draymond Green. Daniel Theis may be called upon if Time Lord is limited.
One area where the Warriors have an obvious advantage is deep roster depth. Boston can handle an injury to one rotation player, but their depth completely drops off after Pritchard and Theis. The Warriors have young talents like Kuminga who can step in.
While I'd prefer to have a loaded team like the 2008 Celtics and be favorites, if Boston can win as the underdogs in this series it will complete one of the biggest turnarounds in sports history.