This is a big offseason for the Golden State Warriors. With superstars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combing to play just five games during the 2019-20 season, the Dubs used it as a retool year.
General manager Bob Myers is equipped with enough assets that he should be able to round out the roster, so that the Warriors will be back in contention for a championship next season.
Golden State will have a top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, a $17.2 million trade exception, the mid-level exception, and the option to dangle the Minnesota Timberwolves’ top-three-protected 2021 pick in a potential trade package.
The Big 3 aren’t getting any younger, Curry will turn 33, while Thompson and Draymond Green will both turn 31 during the 2020-21 season. The 25-year-old Andrew Wiggins projects to be a big part of the rotation, but the rest of the roster is mainly comprised of young, and unproven talent.
Which makes this a very important offseason for the franchise. Myers needs to bring in at least two veterans who can play meaningful minutes for the team, especially in the playoffs. But, what if Myers gets it wrong?
The Athletic’s Danny Leroux says the pressure on Myers to get it right this offseason is immense:
“Getting it wrong puts Golden State in the unenviable group of expensive non-contenders since its four most expensive players have an average of three more seasons under contract. The other factor ratcheting up the pressure on the Warriors front office is that two of the three best teams in the NBA this season are in their conference and both should be intact if not improved next season. That means no one will have a clean path to the Conference Finals, much less the NBA Finals. There are some big decisions to make and the margin for error is shockingly thin.”
If Curry, Thompson and Green are healthy next year, I still see the Dubs as a major threat in the Western Conference. With Wiggins, and the first-round pick, it’s hard to think of another team that has that much talent in its top-five. The Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers have deeper benches, which is exactly where Myers needs to focus.
Myers needs acquire a player similar Marcus Smart, or Aaron Gordon with the trade exception, as well using the MLE on a veteran center. If he can do that, the Dubs should be in good shape. Players like Eric Paschall, Marquese Chriss and Damion Lee have shown they can be end of the rotation guys in the NBA, which should give head coach Steve Kerr plenty of options.
If Myers whiffs on the pick, and his acquisitions don’t pan out, how do you think the Warriors will do during the 2020-21 season?
On to some more links:
Golden State have some young talent on their roster. Wes Goldberg of The Mercury News breaks down where each of them fit with the team going into next season.
The Warriors successful run was the result of great drafting, but the franchise has had its fair share of misses. Bruno Manrique of Clutch Sports gives his list of the five biggest draft busts in Dubs’ history.
Myers is reportedly very high on Georgia guard Anthony Edwards going into the 2020 NBA Draft. Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley breaks down how Edwards would fit with the team if the Dubs select him No. 1 overall.
Kerr has done a lot of winning since taking over the Warriors head coaching job. Blue Man Hoop’s Nathan Beighle writes about how this is Kerr’s longest title-less span of his career.