Winning another NBA championship will be a great challenge for the Golden State Warriors who need to build a stronger supporting cast.
Strength in Numbers has been the slogan that the Golden State Warriors have prided themselves with over the last few seasons. Now more than ever, the Dubs will need to live up to this name as they look to crawl their way back into title contention.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green still make up the Warriors core while Andrew Wiggins serves as their newest addition at small forward. However, as Stephen A Smith said on ESPN, this team is one piece away from being true championship contenders.
Though Smith has said plenty of outrageous things to help boost ratings, he might have a point here. Things have changed since the last time Curry, Green and Thompson lead the Dubs to a championship. The fear factor behind this trio is gone now that the rest of the league has caught up and had time to study their style.
When Curry began raining down 3-pointers at a historic rate, nobody knew how to keep up with the Warriors offense. Now, most competitive teams are playing the same brand of basketball that made the Dubs infamous. The Dubs will have to take it to another level in order to succeed.
To make matters worse, the Warriors will be missing two of the most important factors to their most recent titles. Both Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala are gone. In their place stand a number of inexperienced young prospects who haven’t shown they can stand the test of time at the professional level. It will be difficult to rely on players such as Wiggins, Damion Lee, Marquese Chriss and Eric Paschall in key playoff moments.
The front office needs to make a move and add another piece before next season. Preferably, the Dubs need to add a veteran player that can hold his own in crucial sequences for the team.
Who will the Dubs final piece be? We don’t know yet. One thing is for sure, with multiple first round draft picks and a few expendable assets, the front office has plenty of wiggle room to shake up this roster.