Is the Golden State Warriors Golden-Age Over?

Golden State Warriors' Point Guard Steph Curry. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

After a golden age of basketball in which reaching the NBA finals every year seemed inevitable, it may be time for the Golden State Warriors to realize it is over.

With Kevin Durant in Brooklyn, and Klay Thompson injured for the second straight year, Golden State will have to move on. Despite Stephen Curry and the recent addition of James Wiseman, it may be a while until fans can see them in the finals. Here, we’ll go into why it may be over for the Warriors. 

Klay Thompson

Although Kevin Durant made his move to Brooklyn official in the summer of 2019, there were still positives. The Splash Brothers, Klay Thompson, and Steph Curry were set to continue. However, Thomspon received a season-ending injury due to his Achilles. Soon after, point guard Steph Curry was sentenced to the sidelines after a wrist injury.

The shooting guard left a gaping hole in the squad and it was clear his team needed him. When expected to return to the team this season, he received heartbreaking news: he received a new season-ending injury. The 2020-2021 season would have to be played without him. Additionally, with what will be two years without playing competitively, he likely won’t get back to his old self. 

The past season

Without their stars, the Golden State Warriors were forced to rely on the recent signing of D’Angelo Russell to keep the team’s playoff hopes alive. The Warriors were nothing without their big three and couldn’t produce wins.

Despite many of the negatives, there was a positive at the Oracle Arena: Eric Paschall. The rookie out of Villanova averaged 13 points and 50% FG. Paschall ended the season as part of the all-rookie first team. However, the overall team struggled and finished the season last in the Western Conference.

Is there enough fire-power in the current roster

One cannot underestimate the influence Steph Curry can have on a team. Along with Kelly Oubre Jr., and rookie James Wiseman, there’s plenty of potential for the Dubs. Furthermore, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green will have plenty to offer their team this season.

In their most recent game, the season opener against the Nets, fans didn’t see much from the Warriors. Kyrie Irving and former Warrior Kevin Durant put on a show against the Warriors. Curry struggled to create options for his teammates and his team ended the game by losing 99-125. However, there is still plenty of time to grow and improve to compete in the West. If however, this young squad can’t manage to find their groove, they may have difficulty making the playoffs for the second consecutive year. 

Time will tell if Golden State can remain as dominant a team as they’ve been in recent years. However, fans surely won’t be optimistic after the underwhelming season that ended just months ago.

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