After being a championship contender for half of the last decade, the Golden State Warriors took a step back in the 2019-20 season. With injuries to the majority of their key pieces and the departure of Kevin Durant, they took the crown as the worst team in the Western Conference. This netted them the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft in which they selected James Wiseman.
Just as everyone had gotten healthy and the team was ready to be an instant contender again, Klay Thompson suffered yet another season-ending injury prior to training camp. Now, after acquiring Kelly Oubre in attempt to recover as much lost production as they could in Thompson’s absense, the new-look Warriors will be a wildcard in the upcoming season.
Warriors Roster Additions
|James Wiseman||Draft (2nd)|
|Nico Mannion||Draft (48th)|
|Kent Bazemore||Free Agency (SAC)|
|Axel Toupane||Free Agency (INTL)|
|Brad Wanamaker||Free Agency (BOS)|
|Kelly Oubre||Trade (OKC)|
- Kelly Oubre: While he won’t be able to replace everything Klay Thompson brought to this team, Oubre will be an impact player without question. Still just 24 years old and entering a contract year, he is a guy who can give you 20 points in nearly any game and has improved as a defender in recent years.
- James Wiseman: Wiseman is a freak athlete, at 7-foot-1 with a 7-foot-6 wingspan. While the Warriors teams of the past had very few flaws, their weakest link was always at the center position. Wiseman should be good enough to be a productive starter immediately as well as their key building block for the future.
Warriors Roster Subtractions
|Ky Bowman||Free Agency (LAC)|
- Ky Bowman: While Klay Thompson will obviously be the biggest “loss” heading into this season, Bowman is the only player from last season that will actually be leaving the team to play elsewhere. Although he isn’t a household name, he was an energetic piece for Golden State during their down year.