The Golden State Warriors have had a historic run the past five seasons. The Warriors are the first team to play in at least five straight NBA Finals since the Boston Celtics went to the Finals from 1957 to 1966.
Though the Warriors’ run will likely be put on hold this season, the team’s shooting guard Klay Thompson recently said the team’s dynasty isn’t over, per NBC Sports Bay Area.
“The dynasty ain’t over,” Thompson said Friday during the second annual Thompson Family Foundation golf tournament in Newport Beach, Calif. “It’s far from over.”
The Warriors lost four-time scoring champ Kevin Durant in free agency, and Thompson is expected to return from a left ACL injury in February or March. Andre Iguodala was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and the Warriors brought on D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade.
Golden State has new players in Russell and Willie Cauley-Stein, who signed with the Warriors in free agency. This roster is still built to thrive, though, despite some turnover in the offseason.
Curry and Russell have an opportunity to jell in the backcourt before Thompson returns, particularly because both players are quality playmakers.
Cauley-Stein and Kevon Looney are both excellent at playing around the rim and scoring easy buckets down low off pick-and-rolls. Looney is coming off perhaps his best season in the league.
He averaged a career-high 6.3 points per game last season, and he shot a career-high 62.5% from the field. Looney also averaged a career-high 5.2 rebounds a game.
Draymond Green recently said that teams won’t want to see Golden State in the playoffs once the roster is at full strength. The Western Conference is filled with title contenders like the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. Not to mention there’s a host of good playoff teams such as the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz.
The Warriors have won three titles in the past five seasons — they have a championship pedigree, with Curry, Green and Thompson being the core.
And though their roster is different, they shouldn’t be ignored during the upcoming season.