If you can believe it, the NBA season is just around the corner. That’s a fact. And since it feels like forever since we’ve seen half of the league in action, we thought it’d be good to refresh our memories a bit. So, in the spirit of reminding ourselves that time is moving forward, let’s look ahead to the 2021 NBA Season, team-by-team.
The Golden State Warriors
2020 Record: 15-50
2020 Finish: 30th in the NBA, 15th in the Western Conference. Dead Last.
How It Started
It’s hard to say what exactly the expectations were for the Warriors going in to 2020. I can say with certainty it wasn’t to finish dead last in the NBA. Coming off 5 straight Finals appearances, but knowing Klay Thompson was going to miss most, if not all, of the season with an ACL injury, and that Kevin Durant had left in Free Agency, a Finals appearance was not likely. The ceiling seemed to be a 8th seed, and maybe getting Klay back in time for the Postseason would make some noise.
How It’s Going
Except, 2020 started early for Golden State. Steph “Human Cheat Code” Curry played only 5 games of the 2019-2020 season after breaking the second metacarpal in his left hand. At that point, the season was done. Draymond Green is a great player, but not someone who can take over games on his own. Around mid-season, the Warriors traded D’angelo Russell, their “big” FA acquisition, to Minnesota for Andrew Wiggins, which is a great move looking forward. I guess the best thing you can say for the Warriors is they opened their gorgeous new building.
There abysmal record was enough to get them into the Lottery where they have ended up with the 2nd pick in the draft to go with two late 2nd rounders.
Before I get to predictions for next season I want to reaffirm that the Warriors have the best uniform depth of any team, maybe ever, and it’s getting even better.
This draft class isn’t that deep, and I mean that to the point of the Warriors may want to consider trading down. LaMelo Ball shouldn’t interest them and since it seems Minnesota might pass on Ball to take James Wiseman (the Warriors likely target), it’s either gamble on an okay big man, or trade down. However, no matter what happens in the Draft, Golden State will get the best shooting backcourt duo the game has ever seen back next year. That alone should be enough to get them into the Playoffs. Is it enough to get past the teams in the South of their state? It’s far too early to say. But crazier things have happened.
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