Much has been said of Giannis Antetokounmpo joining the Golden State Warriors, but they really shouldn’t need more help to get back to the Finals.
The Golden State Warriors had a down year this season, sure. They currently sit at 15-50, the only team out of playoff contention when the league’s suspension started.
But, just because they weren’t able to make the playoffs doesn’t been a fully healthy and reloaded team can’t truly compete for a championship. After all, do we realize who is still left on the team?
While ultimately, if they can trade for Giannis, they should, there’s no denying this team has the talent it takes to win at the highest level.
Look back at just a few seasons ago when they won 73 games or the season before that when they won the NBA Championship with just the Big 3 and Iguodala leading the way. Yes, they had superstars, and yes, they had solid veterans that knew their role.
The latter is all that left, or, in other words, was traded or opted to retire.
Their players aren’t declining either.
While it does oftentimes seem like the Warriors’ stars take rest games during the regular season, if you watched the 2019 playoffs, you know that players like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are still among the best in basketball.
The only one that truly concerning as to whether or not he can get back to his peak is Draymond Green.
However, it’s been almost half a decade since he’s played with Curry and Thompson and without Kevin Durant. The trio hurts his impact offensively which, in turn, makes his numbers significantly less appealing.
That said, his three-point shooting is worrisome. Nonetheless, the team, at the end of the day, will have their original Big 3 to go with a top-three pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and a former No. 1 overall pick in Andrew Wiggins.
Could they use Giannis to lead them into the future? Of course. But, they do not need him to find their way in the 2021 NBA Finals, the team’s next true objective.