There is a lot hanging in the balance for the Golden State Warriors. A few missteps and the franchise could face a dark future ahead of them.
Last season was proof that dynasties can collapse without a moment’s notice. The Golden State Warriors felt poised to dominate the league for years to come when they boasted a roster of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins. In only a year’s time, that lineup has been cut down to just the original big three.
Free agency decisions and injuries led to the Dubs posting just 15 wins this season, the second-lowest in franchise history. There is growing optimism that the addition of Andrew Wiggins and a new young prospect will help Curry, Green and Thompson get back into playoff contention next season.
But, nothing is promised. The Warriors know all too well how quickly things can fall apart. While it is true that they have three certified stars on the roster, there is no telling how far this can take them. Each member of the big three will enter their 30s next season and an eventual decline is expected.
The troubling aspect of this is that Green and Thompson are set to make over $250 million dollars together over the next four seasons. Throw in a likely contract extension to Curry at some point and an additional $100 million for Wiggins and the Dubs financial situation will be tough moving forward. This means the franchise won’t have many options if this core is unable to keep them competitive.
Then, we have the issue regarding the upcoming NBA Draft. Should the Warriors trade the pick or hold on to it? What happens if they hold onto the pick and draft a bust? What if they exchange the pick and still don’t have enough talent to compete?
The Warriors have a mountain of adversity they need to face before winning another title. It is going to take a truly phenomenal effort to keep everything intact for the next few seasons.