The critics, haters and pundits have said the Golden State Warriors dynasty if officially dead. After five-consecutive trips to the NBA Finals and three championships, the 2019-20 season was about hitting the reset button.
We knew Klay Thompson would miss the year recovering from a torn ACL and once Steph Curry hurt his hand in the fourth game of the season, it was time for the Dubs to build for next season.
With Thompson, Curry and Draymond Green expected back and fully healthy for 2020-21 and a top five pick in the NBA Draft, the Warriors could be back in the title picture next year.
Klay has already shared how he feels about people saying the Dubs are done, and now his fellow Splash Brother is speaking out. Curry joined Jermaine O’Neal for an Instagram Live and says he feels that the team will be back at the top of the food chain. (h/t Chris Montano)
“For us, big picture, we know we’re not done, myself, Klay, Draymond we know we’re not done. The core that’s been here since Day 1, we’re going to do everything that we got in our power, it’s going to look different, it’s going to have a new cast of characters that are going to contribute at a high level. But the DNA, just the chemistry that us three have, we’re going to be in good shape coming out of this no matter how basketball looks.”
That is the confidence we want to hear. The trio is still young enough to have a few more championship runs, but general manager Bob Myers will have to get them help. Golden State has some young talent in Eric Paschall and Marquese Chriss, but that won’t be enough to challenge the upper echelon teams.
Myers can look to flip the Dubs’ 2020 first-round pick packaged with the Minnesota Timberwolves top-three-protected 2021 selection for some veteran help, or the Warriors can look at using their 2020 pick on a young player they feel can develop into a foundational piece for the future. Not to mention the SF Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau previously reporting the Warriors are planning on making a run at the Greek Freak.
Golden State also has a $17.2 million exception from the Andrew Iguodala deal that could be used to acquire some depth pieces to build around Curry, Thompson and Green for one more run.
The trio has done it before and certainly has the potential to add another championship in the coming years.
I have said this before, I absolutely expect the Dubs to be near the top of the standings again next season, even if Myers can only add a veteran or two. If he is able to get creative and add multiple pieces, the Warriors will have the depth to compete with the likes of the Lakers, Clippers and Bucks for a championship next season.
Who are some of the players that the Dubs have a realistic chance at acquiring that you would like to see Myers go after?
"We know we're not done. Myself, Klay, Draymond... we're gonna be in good shape coming out of this."— Chris Montano (@gswchris) May 11, 2020
Steph on the Warriors future. pic.twitter.com/molxoPs1lz
Onto some more links:
Patrick Ewing wanted to be drafted by Golden State. The Hall of Famer shared why he was hoping to begin his career in the Bay Area. (h/t Bleacher Report)
The Dubs won’t be playing in the 2020 playoffs. With all the talk of the regular season resuming, The Athletic’s Anthony Slater says the organization is focused on next year.
The financial impact of the pandemic on the NBA won’t be known for a while. NBC Bay Area’s Drew Shiller says the fallout could cost the Warriors a lot of money.