This past season, the Golden State Warriors finished at the bottom of the team standings and failed to qualify for the NBA Playoffs. They finished with a lowly 15-50 record, their worst winning percentage in 19 years. This was unfamiliar territory for Warriors fans, especially since the team won three titles in five recent NBA Finals appearances.
Despite this, Dubs fans are very confident that the Warriors—once their three-headed core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green are healthy—will become legitimate title contenders once again. In fact, even NBA commissioner Adam Silver subscribes to this thought as reported by Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.
“I’m very confident that they’ll return to contention quickly. I look at the quality of their management. Of course, the quality of the players that are currently on their roster. I have no reason to believe they won’t be back as a top-tier team in the NBA.”
Silver also said the Warriors returning to contention will help boost TV ratings.
“There’s also no question that continuity helps build fans nationally and internationally, for that matter. I think fans are drawn to familiar faces, especially when it comes to playoff competition.”
Curry, Thompson, and Green are all still well within their primes. Curry is the oldest at 32 years old and by typical NBA standards, he has a good three to four years left before he regresses. But since his playing style doesn't really require supreme athleticism, we may see him in top form until he hangs his jersey for good. He, however, has a history of injuries to contend with.
The Warriors have openly talked about tinkering with their roster, which also has solid guys like Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall, Kevon Looney, and Damion Lee. They also have the second overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Several analysts strongly believe though that they will trade it for a more experienced guy who could immediately help the squad.