Still in the NBA
Poole was one of the bright spots from the 2019-20 season, not because he was good, but because the team’s struggles gave him the opportunity to play and develop at a far greater rate in his rookie year. His rise to $120+ million player has been extraordinary, though Warrior fans will now follow his career from afar after the blockbuster trade six weeks ago that sent him to Washington.
Lee has carved out a nice career for himself in the league, undoubtedly aided by the opportunity he received during that fateful season. He was a member of the Warriors’ glorious 2022 championship before leaving for Phoenix where he’s just re-signed for a second season.
Burks was one of Golden State’s better players in 2019-20, which might say more about the team than anything else. After getting traded to Philadelphia in February 2020, the 32-year-old remains a solid veteran role player in the NBA having also had stints in New York and now Detroit.
The Warriors acquired Russell in a clever sign-and-trade involving Kevin Durant in the 2019 offseason. While his numbers in his brief stint with the franchise were decent, he was never a fit and was ultimately dealt for Andrew Wiggins and a protected future first-round pick (Jonathan Kuminga) in a franchise-defining move at the 2020 trade deadline. He was traded from the Timberwolves back to the Lakers where he started his career, and has now just re-signed on a two-year, $36 million deal.
Looney has turned himself into one of the most underrated and underpaid players in the league, proving an integral piece to the Warriors both on and off the floor. Although still just 27, it’s difficult to envisage him ever playing anywhere else.
Continues to be the franchise’s greatest ever player, leading the Warriors back from the doldrums of the 2019-20 season to produce his career-defining masterpiece with a Finals MVP performance against Boston last year.
Thompson has inspirationally overcome two major injuries that wiped out his 2019-20 season and the year after. Although he may not have returned to the prime Klay that we saw in the 2019 Finals before his untimely injury, he’s still one of the Warriors’ best players and one of their greatest in franchise history.
Wiggins arrived at the Warriors at the February trade deadline, much to the disappointment of some fans at the time. He’s completely revamped his career since though, becoming an incredibly valuable two-way wing and comfortably being Golden State’s second-best player throughout their triumphant 2022 playoff campaign.