Golden State Warriors 2019-20 Season
The Golden State Warriors entered the 2019-20 NBA season after one of the greatest five year runs in the sport. In those five years, the Warriors made the NBA finals each year, winning 3 championships. But after the 2018/19 season, the lost Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets, and Klay Thompson would remain out for the year with an ACL injury. While the Warriors did get D’Angelo Russell in exchange for KD, there were no title expectations from the team.
People were expecting the team to make the playoffs, however. Those expectations ended when Stephen Curry broke his hand four games into the season. After that, the Warriors embraced the tank for this season. When the NBA season stopped due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Warriors were 15-50, and the only team out of playoff contention.
What’s In Store For The 2020-21 Season? (NBA)
Despite having its worse season in years, the Warriors are optimistic about next season. They traded Russell for Andrew Wiggins, a small forward who suits the team much better. Wiggins is a talented scorer, who might just be able to take his game to the next level with the Warriors and finally reach his scary potential. If he does, he could be an All-Star level player. Moreover, the Warriors will also have Curry, Klay, and Draymond back at full health.
The three of them have already proven they can lead a championship team. After a season in which everyone is writing them off, they will be hungry to show what they can do next season. The Warriors were also able to develop a solid depth chart for next season. Jordan Poole, Ky Bowman, and Mychal Mulder are developing into solid bench scorers. Marquese Chriss and Damion Lee have already shown they can be great contributors. They figure to have large roles next season.
Importantly, Eric Paschall is showing potential to be a reliable 15-17 PPG scorer, and he could be perfect in a 6th man role. Eventually, he could even replace Draymond as the starter.
What’s The Perfect Offseason For The Warriors?
The Warriors have a solid roster, and a few offseason moves could make them title favourites again. They will most likely have a top 5 pick next season, and they will ideally look to add a player like Anthony Edwards or Tyrese Haliburton. Both guards have scary superstar potential. They both have the talent to be superstar scoring guards and lockdown defensive studs. Either one of them could eventually take over from the Splash Bros when they retire and take the team into the future.
The team also has a $17 Million tax exception. They should use it to try and trade for players like Dennis Schroder, Evan Fournier, or Kelly Oubre. These players would give the Warriors a scary bench, bringing back the Strength in Numbers motto. If the Warriors can then supplant all this by signing a player Glenn Robinson in free agency, the team will be title favourites for next season.