The Golden State Warriors will be exactly who fans think they are as the team enters uncharted waters for the first time in three years.
It’s not just Kevin Durant‘s departure that changed the Golden State Warriors. The trading of Andre Iguodala, the waiving of Shaun Livingston, the addition of D’Angelo Russell — these all filled the Warriors’ offseason with chaos.
But, this team became predictable as well.
Last year, it could’ve been Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant who dropped 50 points on you. Now, it’s really just Curry with some star potential coming from Russell as well. It’ll be at least three more months until the return of Klay Thompson and that’s a favorable guess.
The only main explosive threat will be Curry. Russell is a top-30 player, but it’ll be hard for him to erupt with players like Green and Curry on the roster. He doesn’t have the efficiency of Thompson or Durant.
With players like Alfonzo McKinnie, Willie Cauley-Stein and Draymond Green in the starting lineup, this Warriors’ roster will be who we think they are. They’ll be a Steph Curry-reliant team until one of these three proves that they develop into a capable threat.
Green showed some finesse during the postseason, but he hasn’t been a consistent line of production in over a year. He needs to be the man for the Warriors as they’ll be losing over 45 points per game in their starting lineup alone.
The bulk of the shots and attention will be paid to Curry, and it’s unlikely those three change that. Russell has some ability to draw attention away from the two-time MVP but isn’t at the same level as Thompson or Durant.
Curry will have the ball. He’ll be the main weapon for the Warriors, and other teams know that. Teams will like Alec Burks, McKinnie, Green, Cauley-Stein and Kevon Looney beat them. They’ll even let Russell beat them.
But, the Warriors will be predictable because it’ll only really be Stephen Curry who can single-handedly beat an opponent this time around.