The Golden State Warriors secured the 10th spot in the latest young core rankings, and that’s something to be excited about.
A year ago, many thought the Golden State Warriors dynasty was coming to an end. Without a stable young core to lead them into the future, the aging Steph Curry and company looked like they’d be throwing in the cards over the next few years.
While Curry, Thompson and Green may all see a dip in production over the course of the next three years, there’s no reason to fret. The Warriors, after this offseason, have a top-young core in the NBA, or at least they do according to The Ringer.
"We’ll show the top three players from here onward. For Golden State, all the best young players either joined the team this offseason or, in Looney’s case, re-joined the team with a surprisingly cheap free-agent deal. Russell’s fit on the Warriors roster is still something of a puzzle, and scuttlebutt around the time of his sign-and-trade suggested he might not even be on the team for long; at least for now, he looks to help stabilize the franchise in its post-dynasty period. Steph Curry’s still here, and Draymond Green, and (once he returns from injury) Klay Thompson, but Golden State will need to reorient its roster-building focus to the younger side if it wants to continue to prove a championship threat."
A year ago, three of those players weren’t on the team and no one thought Looney would’ve developed into the center he is now. That’s an organization-changing development and extremely well done job by general manager Bob Myers.
With Curry at 31 and both Klay and Draymond creeping up on their 30s, the Warriors needed players to display a bright future for the team. This offseason, although they lost Kevin Durant and won’t see Thompson his the court for several more months, was still a win.
However, it doesn’t stop there.
Russell, the other two rookies, and Looney, who is still rather unproven on the offensive end, need to showcase that they fit on this championship-caliber team. Many already think the Warriors want to trade Russell.
He has to prove them otherwise.
Overall, this offseason was a huge win for the Warriors and this ranking was just another reason to view it as a success.