In the blink of an eye, the Golden State Warriors dynasty that ruled the NBA for five seasons finds itself in dark times.
With the departure of Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, the ACL injury to Klay Thompson, and the addition of a plethora of unproven prospects, this team is now a far cry from the juggernaut that dominated the league for half a decade.
An abysmal start to the season raised many questions about whether Golden State, led by Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and newly acquired All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell, could eventually flip the switch and make a run for the postseason. However, a devastating injury to Curry essentially ended their season just five games into their 2019-20 campaign.
Curry suffered a broken left hand and will miss several months due to the injury. Draymond Green was recently diagnosed with a torn ligament in his finger, while Kevon Looney is still dealing with a hamstring issue. Even D’Angelo Russell missed Saturday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets with an ankle injury, leaving the Dubs with a starting lineup of Willie Cauley-Stein, Eric Paschall, Glenn Robinson III, Ky Bowman, and Jordan Poole.
Golden State suffered a 93-87 loss to drop to 1-5 on the season and 0-4 at the new Chase Center.
With the injury bug hitting this already broken-down team hard, is there still any hope for the Warriors this season?
The answer to that question is a solid no.
No doubt, this is already a lost season for the former champions. However, some have suggested that Curry’s injury might actually be the best thing that could happen to the franchise at this point.
With Golden State calling it a season this early, there’s no pressure for Klay Thompson to rush his rehab and attempt to come back early. Likewise, Draymond Green gets to take it easy this year and rejuvenate his body after playing all the way through June the past five years. This also gives Golden State the opportunity to develop the young prospects they have.
The Warriors just might as well begin the tank right now and start playing for ping-pong balls in next year’s draft. They should be very cautious with Curry and Green and let D’Angelo Russell run the show and potentially raise his trade value.
Sure, this is going to be an ugly season for Dub Nation, but this is the reality for them now. It’s something the Warriors have to go through to revitalize themselves next season.
What awaits them for the 2020-21 season is a healthy Klay Thompson, a rejuvenated Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, and potentially a more confident D’Angelo Russell. Likewise, they get a high draft pick they can add to the All-Star core unit, or even potentially trade for a solid core piece. Heck, there are even rumblings that Andre Iguodala might make a return to The Bay next season.
So, again with the question: Is there any hope for the Warriors?
Obviously, as mentioned, there’s no chance for them to be relevant at all this season. But with all the moves and directions they can possibly go to next season, there might be hope for the Golden State dynasty to emerge from the ashes once again.