NBA Season Preview: Warriors Best and Worst Case Scenarios

Another Golden State Warriors season is upon us and with it any other quest for an NBA championship. If the Warriors win one they’d have 5 within the ultimate 9 years, and would upload to their argument as one of the crucial dominant dynasties in NBA historical past.

Personally, I’m rooting for that.

But is it possible? Is it most probably? And extra importantly, will it occur?

Only one strategy to to find out. In the intervening time, listed here are the most productive and worst case situations for the Dubs.

Last season’s report: 53-29

Last season’s convention score: third within the Western Conference

Last season’s offensive ranking: 113.3 (seventeenth)

Last season’s defensive ranking: 107.7 (1st)

Roster additions: Donte DiVincenzo, JaMychal Green, Ryan Rollins, Patrick Baldwin Jr. whomever they signal to their two-way spots, James Wiseman’s well being

Roster losses: Nemanja Bjelica, Chris Chiozza, Damion Lee, Gary Payton II, Otto Porter Jr., Juan Toscano-Anderson, Quinndary Weatherspoon

What’s the ‘Best Case’ state of affairs?

Does this query truly want to be spoke back? We noticed it ultimate yr. The perfect case state of affairs is equal to it’s been for the simpler a part of the decade. It comes to hoisting a trophy in June, and smirking whilst elevating a banner in entrance of a teary-eyed rival subsequent October.

There are numerous ways in which may just occur. It generally is a repeat of ultimate yr, when Andrew Wiggins used to be named an All-Star, Jordan Poole emerged as a celeb, Draymond Green returned to “best defensive player in the world” standing, Klay Thompson were given again at the court docket, Steph Curry reminded everybody that he’s arguably the most productive participant alive, Kevon Looney used to be invincible, and the bench did critical paintings.

But in all probability, any other run to the highest of the mountain would glance no less than a bit of bit other. Perhaps Poole takes any other soar from budding big name to franchise participant. Maybe Wiggins builds on his profession yr. Thompson returning to his All-Star standing, reasonably than the model we noticed on the finish of ultimate yr, is one thing that we must arguably expect. James Wiseman may emerge as a dominant pick-and-roll risk to present the Warriors a moment glance. One of Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga would possibly take a second-year soar. Hell, most likely Green even recollects find out how to shoot.

What’s the ‘Worst Case’ state of affairs to your group this season?

Unfortunately, this query doesn’t want to be spoke back both as a result of, sadly, we’ve noticed that one lately, too. We’re just a few years got rid of from Thompson lacking a complete yr, Curry taking part in handiest 5 video games, and Green taking part in part a season by which he – via his personal admission – mailed it in. And the end result used to be disgusting.

There could be regressions this yr – Wiggins’ 2021-22 would possibly end up to be an outlier, Green’s protection may in spite of everything falter, and Thompson would possibly not regain shape – nevertheless it’s laborious to believe a state of affairs by which everybody performs and it simply doesn’t paintings. Even should you think some regression, a wholesome Warriors group is a name contender. But Curry will flip 35 this yr and has a spotty harm historical past. Green will flip 33 this yr and has a spotty harm historical past. Thompson will flip 33 this yr and has already suffered the 2 worst accidents in basketball.

A worst case state of affairs comes to the ones guys getting harm once more. Which possibly manner drafting Victor Wembanyama, which units up one helluva perfect case state of affairs for 2023-24.

What’s the ‘Most Likely’ state of affairs to your group this season?

Pretty a lot precisely what we noticed ultimate yr. A group that, within the common season, bounces between dominance, boredom, and harm or rest-fueled slumping. A group that doesn’t compete for the highest report within the convention as a result of they’ve larger fish to fry. A group that enters the postseason with as just right a possibility as any to win all of it, of their pursuit to make Curry, Green, Thompson, and Andre Iguodala simply the second one foursome in NBA historical past to assemble 5 rings in combination.

What are you maximum excited for going into this season?

I truly wish to say the expansion of the younger gamers. Moody has regarded improbable within the preseason, and Steve Kerr has put numerous public religion in Kuminga. Wiseman is likely one of the maximum must-watch gamers in all of the NBA, as a result of we don’t know if he’ll grow to be a dominant scorer or a legal responsibility whose contract the Warriors will glance to shed subsequent offseason. And freshmen Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Ryan Rollins are already turning heads.

But in fact I’m maximum excited to look at the core as soon as once more. Perhaps for the overall time.

The playoffs had been particular ultimate yr now not simply since the Warriors gained a championship, however as a result of we in spite of everything noticed the Hall of Fame trio of Curry, Thompson, and Green again in combination. They didn’t play a unmarried minute in combination in 2019-20. They didn’t play a unmarried minute in combination in 2020-21. They performed simply 11 mins in combination all over the 2021-22 common season.

These 3 had been a staple of our sports activities fandom for the decade, however we haven’t noticed them play in combination persistently in 3 and a part years. And with Green’s fresh state of affairs, by which he punched Poole, plus his coming near near loose company (and the Warriors untenable monetary state of affairs), there are causes to assume that is the ultimate hurrah.

Make no mistake: that is the most productive technology of Warriors basketball you’ll ever witness, and the most productive long-term trio of Dubs you’ll ever see. If that is the overall yr of it, I’ll be heartbroken … however excited to look at each unmarried minute.

Predicted report: 55-27

Predicted convention status: third within the West (and convention champions [and NBA champions])

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