Teams that win championships in the NBA typically have a sustained level of success over many seasons.
The Warriors won three championships and made the finals five consecutive years before hitting the reset button this year. Klay Thompson’s ACL injury and Stephen Curry getting hurt just four games into the season helped make that decision easier for the franchise.
With the Splash Brothers expected to be back and fully healthy for the 2020-21 season (whenever that might be), how do you think the Warriors will fare compared to the rest of the NBA?
ESPN released its latest future power rankings and has the Dubs ranked third, behind the Clippers and Lakers. ESPN grades teams on a scale of 0 to 100, by averaging out the combined scores given to five components: players, management, money, market and draft.
Here is how ESPN scored the top 3.
1) Clippers 76.0
2) Lakers 74.8
3) Warriors 74.4
Here is what Bobby Marks had to say about the Dubs:
“A league-worst record this season isn’t enough to keep the Warriors out of the top three. In fact, Golden State has an overall grade of 74.4, up from 70.8 in October.
Golden State’s two projected lottery picks in 2020 and 2021 — their own this year and Minnesota’s (top-three protected) in 2021 — are largely responsible for the top-five ranking. In addition to their draft assets, the Warriors have Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins under contract for at least the next three seasons, which should put them in contention with both Los Angeles teams.
Despite being a luxury-tax team for the foreseeable future, Golden State does have a $17.2 million trade exception to use in acquiring players. Because the Warriors ducked out of the tax this season, the financial penalty in 2020-21 is mitigated if they decide to use the exception.”
The Warriors should be better than the Lakers next season, in my opinion. Golden State has the assets Marks mentioned and will be able to a couple of pieces that will give it the advantage in depth. Anthony Davis will be a handful and LeBron James is playing a high level, despite being 35 years old, but the team lacks the additional pieces the Warriors will have when fully loaded.
Age might be a factor three seasons from now. Curry will be 34 at the start of the 2022-23 season and Thompson will be 32, but the Dubs could get an infusion of young talent if they decide to keep their first-round pick this year. There have been rumors though that the Warriors are looking to trade their selection for a proven veteran who can help the team win now.
How do you think the Dubs will do over the next three seasons?