With the NBA Board of Governors expected to pass commissioner Adam Silver’s plan on Thursday, it looks like the Golden State Warriors will finish the 2019-20 regular season with a league-worst 15-50 record.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne report that Silver’s plan to continue the season will see 20-to-22 teams finish out the season at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex starting in July.
Dubs’ general manager Bob Myers stated weeks ago that the team was operating as if their season was done, and this recent report all but confirms it.
Although it may have been beneficial for younger players like Eric Paschall and Marquese Chriss to get in some extra practices and games, this was the best solution for the Warriors. I didn’t see the need for Steph Curry, Draymond Green or any other healthy Golden State player to risk a long-term injury to play meaningless games while being sequestered in a hub city.
The good news out of this is that the Warriors will be tied for the best odds to win the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery, if the NBA doesn’t make any changes to the system. As things stand, Golden State, Cleveland and Minnesota will each have a 14% chance of getting the top pick.
Under the league’s current system, the Dubs would have a 13.4% chance to pick second, 12.7% to get the third pick, 12% to get the fourth pick. The Warriors have a 47.9% of picking at No. 5.
It widely known that the 2019-20 season was going to be a reset year for Golden State. With Kevin Durant leaving in free agency, Klay Thompson missing the year after knee surgery, and Curry getting hurt in the fourth game of the season, the Dubs fell to the bottom of the league.
But, with their core healthy and expected to be intact to kickoff the 2020-21 schedule, Myers can build this team back into a championship contender quickly.
Looking into the offseason — whenever it occurs — what are you most excited for? The 2020 NBA Draft is expected to be a weaker class, so without a Zion Williamson available, the draft lacks some excitement.
What is one move you want to see Myers make to help fill out the roster going into next season?
On to some more links:
The 2015-16 season didn’t end the way the Warriors wanted it to, but it was still an exhilarating year. Dubs’ head coach Steve Kerr thinks the 73-win record will never be broken. (h/t NBC Bay Area’s Dalton Johnson)
When Kerr took over the Dubs, they were on the cusp of being a part of the NBA’s elite. He looked back at the moment he realized Golden State was on the verge of something special. (h/t Arjun Athreya of Essentially Sports)
Myers and co. are already doing their homework on potential draft picks. Warriors Wires’ Tommy Call III reports on the Dubs giving IQ tests to 2020 draft prospects.
Curry won the NBA’s most prestigious individual award in back-to-back seasons. NBC Bay Area’s Marcus White ranked the last 10 MVP award winners.