The Warriors’ window is already shrinking

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The Golden State Warriors have a star-studded roster with two MVPs in their prime. Their championship window will close fast though.

The Golden State Warriors, with Kevin Durant, have the most talented roster ever assembled. The team features two MVPs, four current All-Stars, and a recent Finals MVP. The Dubs’ bench has players that could start for other NBA teams.

Despite their recent struggles and bad luck, the Warriors still have their eyes set on the Larry O’Brien trophy. They have more than enough time to find their shot, get healthy, and get back on track. Despite everything that’s happening in both conferences, it’ll probably still be the Warriors versus the Cleveland Cavaliers in June.

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Golden State hopes to get to a third straight NBA Finals. They want to win their second in three years and establish a dynasty. Their window for that is shrinking.

Stephen Curry is turning 29 years old. That is the same age Dwyane Wade was when the Miami Heat’s “Big Three” was first put together. Kevin Durant is older than LeBron James was when he left for South Beach.

The “Heatles” went to four straight Finals in a weak Eastern Conference and only won two titles. That’s pretty good. The Warriors cannot lose twice and only come away with two championships. The expectations are far too high.

Durant’s list of injuries continues to grow and Curry’s body has undergone some difficulties as well. While they’re both in the primes of their careers, they are fast approaching 30. While not old, it’s less than ideal to have your best players be in their thirties while trying to build the greatest dynasty ever seen.

Golden State has time. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are in their mid-twenties and, more importantly, are under contract until 2020 and 2019 respectively. But they need to make the most out of the time they do have.

Curry and Durant aren’t going to be able to carry the load forever, if they even choose to stay together. They have about three or four years to really contend and chase championships. They need to have a sense of urgency.

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Every year for these Golden State Warriors need to be a title-or-bust year. There needs to be a sense of urgency because, unless they sign another huge free agent or draft a future star, their window isn’t going to open up any more.

In order for them to maximize their window, they need to right the ship and win this year.