The Golden State Warriors have been the juggernauts of the West for the past few years. KD, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson were guaranteed championships every time a new season started. This year has been full of craziness, and the Warriors missing out on the playoffs and the bubble seemed to add right to the equation. The departure of KD and a season ending injury for Klay Thompson seemed to end the season before it even started, and as Curry and Draymond Green dealt with injuries the Warriors record continued to fall. With the 2020 season on the books, fans in the bay area are ready to see what this team can do for next season.
The Warriors hold the number 2 overall pick in the NBA draft, and this has immense value for a team looking to draft a young star or trade for an established difference maker. One of the biggest names that has been connected to the Warriors has been Giannis Antetokounmpo.
“For two years, we’ve heard the drumbeat of the Warriors with Giannis,” ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne said on 95.7 The Game’s “Damon, Ratto & Kolsky” show. “If he doesn’t sign the extension (this offseason), Milwaukee’s got a decision to make. To pursue a trade for Giannis, the Warriors would need to send multiple picks, including their number 2 spot, as well as multiple components of their team. If this means Green or Thompson then the Warriors will have a decision to make, but pairing the back to back MVP with Steph Curry could put this team back on top. If the Warriors can keep Thompson then they will have two 3-point specialists who will open the floor for Antetokounmpo. The Warriors were top 3 during the 2018-19 season in three point percentage according to TeamRankings, and should be able to stay in that range for the upcoming season. Being one of the best three point shooting teams, and having a guard like Steph Curry as well as Antetokounmpo’s presence inside the three point line; the Warriors would be arguably the best team in the league.
If the Warriors are unable to make a trade happen, they still have a core of Green, Thompson, and Curry who can still go toe to toe with any team in the NBA. The Warriors would also still have the number 2 selection in the draft. This draft has many candidates that could go 1 or 2, unlike last year where there was no doubt that Zion Willamson and Ja Morant would be going 1 and 2. With multiple options on the table, NBC sports reports, “many NBA execs and scouts believe that the Warriors will take (James) Wiseman with the number 2 selection.” James Wiseman stands 7’1” with a 7’6” wingspan that is ideal for an NBA center. He is one of the most athletic players in the draft, and seeing him in a Golden State uniform makes perfect sense. He gives the Warriors someone who can control the paint and the boards, and also has ball handling skills that set him apart from other centers. He would give the Warriors a big shot blocking center who would greatly increase their interior defense, and also adds offensive bonuses. If the Warriors draft Wiseman, he could become an anchor on defense as well as a compliment to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson on offense.
The Golden State Warriors will be back in the playoff picture, and this team will be back to take back their crown as the kings of the West. Whether they do it with their draft picks or by making a blockbuster trade is anyone’s guess, but we know that the Warriors will be a much better team then they were last season.
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