The Golden State Warriors are the biggest winners of the NBA return

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

The Golden State Warriors have the best future to win than any other team upon the NBA’s return

The last we saw of the Golden State Warriors, we saw a team in disarray. Kevin Durant had left town, Klay Thompson was rehabbing a torn ACL, and Stephen Curry was out most of the season with a hand injury. Not to mention the D’Angelo Russell experiment falling flat, Draymond Green being a non-factor, and a ragtag group of youngsters not ready for prime time.

The team was so bad, that the mighty Warriors were the first team eliminated from the playoffs back in March.

Then COVID-19 happened, the NBA shut down, and the league went into this will-they-or-won’t-they phase that we are all still witnessing. In the midst of all the murkiness surrounding the NBA’s return, the Warriors have had the fortune of not worrying about a thing.

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Because they were so bad, they were already prepared to have taken the rest of their season and focus on the upcoming draft and player development. Not only do are they able to do that, but they have the double pleasure of waiting until the 2020-21 NBA season resumes, which could be by December.

What lies ahead for the Golden State Warriors

Steph and Klay will have been well past the healing process of their injuries. The front office will be selecting a top draft pick that will by no means be expected to lead this team with the return of the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the NBA. Developing the young talent like Ky Bowman, Jordan Poole, and Eric Paschall could make them indispensable role-players among the likes of their dynasty day heroes Shaun Livingston, Festus Ezeli, and Harrison Barnes.

You could make the case that all the teams who did not make the cut for the return could have these great advantages. I would not be so sure.

If you are the Timberwolves, you have Karl-Anthony Towns and Russell. That is a good start but by no means ready for the playoffs next season. The Cavs and Hawks have great young cores, but no playing time provides them with little experimentation to figure out anything for their future. The Hornets and Bulls are probably even younger than the other teams and are going to be grooming talent for years to come. The Pistons have to deal with a forever-injured Blake Griffin. And lastly, the Knicks are…well…the Knicks.

The Warriors know they are in win-now mode. They have their leaders returning after a ton of rest. They have a young star they can mold to fit their playing style. They have the cap space for a potential Greek Freak to saunter on over to take a look at the new Chase Arena.

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Perhaps the rest of the NBA is grateful for a lack of Golden State in this year’s postseason. But not to worry, they will be back ready to right the wrongs of this year.