The Golden State Warriors can’t get too caught up in the present moment and must keep focusing on the future.
It’s obvious that the Golden State Warriors are still hungry to win now. After a successful five-year stretch in which they won three NBA championships, no one on the roster is ready to roll over and die. Even if Kevin Durant is gone and Klay Thompson is recovering from an ACL injury, this team believes they can win it all.
They may be right. At the end of the day, this roster is still loaded with four potential All-Stars. Stephen Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell have all been stars in the past. Meanwhile, the bench is arguably better than last season, with the additions of Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III and Willie Cauley-Stein.
However, one major thing that makes the bench better is the fact that the front office elected to find younger players. Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston were great, but far out of their prime. Now, the Dubs have increased their youth and this should help keep them fresh.
Even the trade for D-Lo helped them move towards a younger roster. Russell is only 21-years-old and filled with potential. One day, Russell could find himself leading the Dubs on his own.
For now, Russell will play a less significant role as Curry and the rest of the stars handle their business. But, this doesn’t mean that D-Lo shouldn’t be preparing to potentially one day take the torch. In fact, the entire Warriors front office should be working towards setting up a successful future for Russell.
The Dubs have been great in recent years, but every run comes to an end eventually. The last thing they want to do is go all-in by trading away Russell and trying to win now rather than building for the future. If the Warriors don’t win a championship this season, it isn’t the end of the world.
In contrast, going all-in and not winning the title would be a devastating blow to the Warriors. This is why they should continue to keep their future in mind when making moves throughout the season.