Los Angeles Lakers great Shaquille O’Neal believes it doesn’t matter how much teams in the Western Conference improved this summer, the Golden State Warriors are still far and away the favorite to win it all again because they have the best player on the planet, Stephen Curry.

In the spring, the Warriors completed their season-long goal and added another NBA title to the trophy case at the Chase Center in San Francisco. It was their fourth championship in the last eight years and once again established they are the preeminent dynasty in the sport, and will be the team to beat in 2022-2023.

Next season there are sure to be several teams that will be serious title contenders in the Western Conference. The Memphis Grizzlies and Ja Morant are another year wiser and should improve.