When it comes to the departure of players to rival teams, the Golden State Warriors haven’t overly been hurt across recent history. Usually the player fails to have any great impact with their new team, or the franchise finds a suitable replacement who can perform a similar role.
Just look at the 2020-21 Warriors — a team who although missed the playoffs, did finish with a reasonable 39-33 record. Kent Bazemore, Kelly Oubre Jr., Jordan Bell, Eric Paschall, Mychal Mulder, Nico Mannion, Brad Wanamaker, Alen Smailagic and Brad Wanamaker — hardly players the franchise missed the following season or at any point since their departure.
Ranking five players the Golden State Warriors will miss this season
Forecasting ahead to the 2023-24 season, Golden State have a solid roster who appear, on paper, as a high-end playoff team. But that doesn’t mean they won’t miss some players from the past, both those who they’ve lost in free agency, and perhaps one they chose to trade away voluntarily.
This Warrior roster looks quite different to recent seasons. Under the control of new General Manager Mike Dunleavy Jr., the franchise has practically gone away from their much-publicised two-timeline plan.
Instead, Golden State have focused on veteran experience, starting with the acquisition of 38-year-old point-guard Chris Paul. The Warriors have also signed 37-year-old Rudy Gay to a non-guaranteed deal, and briefly held workouts with Dwight Howard before training camp.
As a result, this Warrior season is shaping as one of the most fascinating in history. While it could all work out and result in a championship, there will still be times where Golden State misses some players they’ve had in the recent past.
Let’s have a look at five Warrior players from the past two seasons that the franchise will miss in 2023-24: