​In 2017 the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year was shared between J.J. Watt and José Altuve. While it isn't typical for the award to be shared between two athletes, it made sense considering Houston had been struck with tragedy earlier that year, when hurricane Harvey hit. 


Altuve helped lead the Astros to their first ever championship at a time when the city needed it most. 


While Watt did not bring the city a championship, he did raise $37 million in hurricane relief aid despite having a initial goal of only $200,000

It was a big surprise when Sports Illustrated named the Golden State Warriors the 2018 Sportsperson of the Year, becoming the fourth team to ever be named to that honor. 


The Warriors join the 2004 Boston Red Sox, the 1999 U.S. Women's Soccer team and the 1980 U.S. Men's Olympics hockey team. These teams had a major difference with the Warriors they were all inspiring underdogs. 

​​White it is hard to argue with the dominance of the Warriors, I don't think they fit on the same list as the teams previously mentioned. In 2016, the Warriors set an NBA record 73 wins and then added a top-three player on their team in Kevin Durant. 


If Sports Illustrated felt the need to reward the Warriors, they should have just given it to Steph Curry, as the team seems to fall apart without him. With Durant yelling at fans and feuding with Draymond Green, it's hard to imagine them winning anything without him. Winning three championships in four years is hard to ignore; but when a franchise has a clear face, he should be the one awarded.