3. Lack of a supporting cast
The Warriors played a dangerous game in 2016 when they hauled in Kevin Durant. This all-time great signing came with the price of sacrificing their supporting cast. As the years went on, the Warriors continued to thin out their lineup in order to keep four stars on the roster.
Now, with Durant gone, the Warriors are left with a depleted rotation. Only Kevon Looney remains on the bench from their previous title runs. This abundance of youth is good for a rebuilding team but not for one with championship aspirations.
To be frank, the Dubs have no reliable options in their second unit. Players such as Ky Bowman, Damion Lee and Jordan Poole will have to play well beyond expectations in order to hold their own weight against other NBA benches.
The Warriors will have a chance to strengthen their bench in the offseason by utilizing the MLE and Iguodala’s trade exception. Failing to buff the second unit could result in the team’s downfall.