By: Lucas Johnson
With the most recent NBA Trade Deadline passing, we once again saw a dramatic shift in how the Golden State Warriors would be looking in the future. At the start of the season, we saw the new Warriors, but this is the New New Warriors. With the departures of Livingston, Iguodala, and Durant last offseason (in addition to the injury to Klay Thompson) we knew that this Warriors team would look very different. We thought we’d have a season of watching Steph Curry work with D’Angelo Russell, but Steph’s hand broke early in the year. A year of rebuilding was ahead of us.
Little did we know that nearly half the roster would change again within the year. At the trade deadline, the Warriors would trade five out of eleven players that they had rostered just the night before. In the 24 hours before the deadline, the Dubs dealt away Russell, Omari Spellman, Glenn Robinson III, Jacob Evans, and Alec Burks. In exchange for those five, Golden State was able to obtain Andrew Wiggins, a 1st round pick, and four 2nd round picks. Not only that, but they were able to get themselves under the luxury tax which allows them to spend big the next two summers.
So what can we expect from the rest of this season?
First and foremost, you can expect the Warriors to try to get Wiggins used to their system before they return to full strength next year. If anyone can get Wiggins to his full potential, it’s the combination of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Steve Kerr. Wiggins has the athleticism and size to make for an excellent addition to this team.
The next thing to look at will be the development of the Warriors younger players. With Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall, Kevon Looney, Damion Lee, and Alen Smailagic the Dubs appear to have a solid support staff in place. Not to mention guys like Marquese Chriss and Ky Bowman who are currently operating on two-way contracts.
To go with all that, Steph Curry is poised to make his return early in March. The 3-time MVP’s legs got some much needed rest. However, it’s time for his return. With a healthy Curry, they can begin to rebuild momentum. With Curry, Draymond, Wiggins, and the rest of the crew in place the Warriors can begin to rebuild chemistry and make a run next season.
Lastly, be on the lookout for this years draft. Sitting in last place in the entire Association, the Dubs look poised to get a high lottery pick. With this pick, the Bay could bolster their lineup with someone like James Wiseman or Anthony Edwards. As for now, Warriors fans can just re-watch highlights from the 2014-2015 title to get excited again.
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