The Warriors have been in a very odd spot the past year or two. The team decided to relocate to the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, lost KD, Klay, and Steph to injuries, went from being the best to worst team in the conference, and then lost Klay again. It’s been a wild ride and I hope, for their sake, normalcy returns in some form or fashion. Steph will back and there is some talent on this roster. The Warriors have an uphill climb in front of them if they hope to make it to the playoffs, but it is defiantly doable.
As I stated before, Klay Thompson is out for the season. Again. He was rehabbing, trying to get back from his previous injury when he went down with another. This time around, it was his achilles. He will be undoubtedly missed, but the Warriors are more prepared this season for his absence. Steph is back and healthy and looks to lead the way once again for this Warriors franchise. Behind him is Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, and Kelly Oubre Jr.. Those last two are a far cry from what Bay Area fans last saw when Golden State was in the finals, but it’s better than last year’s bunch. Oubre was the only real veteran addition made to the team thanks to a trade exception the team had. Oubre came from the Thunder and is on an expiring contract; he could end up being a valuable trade chip if the team ends up falling out of contention. If not, he’s the type of guy that catches fire and helps win a series.
The Warriors began shopping their draft pick last season way before the Draft Lottery even occurred because they did want it. They’re in “win now” mode and were looking to lure someone in, but it never happened. The main reason around there being no real suitors was that this draft class was so weak. People thought the pick wasn’t as valuable due to there not being as many top-tier projects in this class. I think Golden Stated wound up with one of the very few, though. The Warriors were unable to find a trade partner and decided to make the pick and chose Memphis big man James Wiseman. Wiseman fits a need for the team and could be the piece that helps bridge the gap between this era of Warriors basketball and the next. He is an excellent athlete who has a game similar to the one Deandre Ayton entered the league with. Some don’t see him being all that good, but I disagree.
The team had two other picks in the second round and went looking for some offense. Nico Mannion was selected 48th and signed to two-way deal. The native of Italy has been on Curry’s watchlist for the past couple fo years, seeing as how Mannion’s been to several of Steph’s skill camps. He’s a creative guard who could be a similar story to that of Alex Caruso. The other pick Golden State made in the second round was Justinian Jessup. This guy is interesting. He’s viewed as a draft-and-stash guy because of the contract he signed with the NBL despite spending the past four years at Boise State. He’s a great shooter who can play the wing and has shown the propensity to be more than just a shooter. He could be viewed as an interesting find down the line.
The Warriors aren’t the heavy favorites they were once before, but they are a solid team. With as good as the Western Conference is this season, they won’t be able to stroll through their schedule while on their way to winning 60 games. Every game will be a real battle and they will need Steph at the helm, leading the charge. Having someone of his caliber and pedigree makes it hard for me to count them out. I say they end up making it into the postseasons via the play in tournament.