Golden State Warriors endured a disappointing campaign last time around and have earned themselves a number two pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The franchise now plans on to use the draft to build for the future as they hope for an injury-free season.
Entering the previous season as runner-ups after losing 4-2 to Toronto Raptors in the finals, the departures of Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala hit the team hard. The team started off on the wrong foot with a dubious 4-16 start, which marked their worst beginning since the turn of the millennium.
Injuries to stalwarts Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry marked the final nails in their coffins as they finished bottom at the Western Conference table with a 15-50 record.
With the NBA season scheduled for a December 22 restart for a fresh 2020-21 season, Curry had expressed his desire to play again after losing out most of the previous season.
“This is kinda funny. Do you care if the season starts early, honestly? Of course I care. Of course I want to play basketball. It’s what I love to do. Compete, be out there with my teammates. The fans obviously wanna see some basketball too. So, there are many variables at play.
“But of course I want to play basketball. This has been the longest 7 months of waiting. Even watching the bubble, it’s tough. Definitely ready to get back out there and play.” he said
Warriors GM reveals how Warriors intend to proceed with the crucial draft
Following their absence from the playoffs altogether last season, the upcoming draft is crucial for the Golden State Warriors if they wish to make a statement.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers clearly stated that they look forward to the draft in order to build for the future.
“I think you owe it to the organization to build towards the future if there’s not an obvious win-now guy. If the win-now guy helps win four regular-season games, then what’s the point of that?”
“We’ll make [our decision] Wednesday night. When they call our name, we’ll decide,” he said
The franchise have reportedly met with top picks James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball, along with other projected lottery picks Deni Avdija, Tyrese Haliburton and Isaac Okoro.