NBA offseason: The Warriors may have improved

On the surface, being on the Golden State Warriors team is easy. Just 24 hours into the free agency, the team had already lost substitute stars Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr., as well as seasoned veteran Nemanja Bellica, and replaced those three with Donte DiVincenzo and JaMychal Green – good, but obvious players. cuts.

Bench Back / Beloved Locker Room personalities also left Damion Lee and Juan Toscano Anderson; Rookies Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Ryan Rollins arrived to replace them.

This was the offset.

For a pure asset transaction view, it’s a net loss for Dubs, at least in the short term. However, there are long-term gains to be made in the amount of money the team saves.

Now I’m on a team for sure Not financial. I find zero happiness (negative joy, actually) in watching billionaire Joe Lacobe save money.

But we can’t avoid reality, and the fact is, saving $60 million this year greatly increases the chances that Lacope & Co. are willing to hand over contracts to keep both Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Paul out next season.

So this is a win.

But even then, it’s easy to find areas where warriors have improved, even if, on paper, the list is worse. lets take alook.

Clay’s return

Yes, I know Klay Thompson came back last year. But it was justifiably rusty after losing two and a half years. And he was also justifiably happy with the trigger as he tried to shoot the Rust away.

He’s re-acclimatized to the speed and physicality of the game now. His nerves about returning have faded, and he’s probably more comfortable and easier to play than he was before. Much of the rust has been removed, and he has a full training camp and layover to prepare for next season.

Dubs should get 32+ games from Thompson this year. They should have a better than 38.5% shot from distance, the first time in his career that he’s fallen below 40.0%. He can expect an offensive season better than a real shooting at 54.7%, which is the lowest level since his second season in the NBA. The defense must take a step forward.

improve chemistry

The Warriors won the tournament in part because of their great chemistry. Thompson, Steph Curry and Draymond Green know how to play together.

However, although this was on display, it was also clear that they shared the field for 11 minutes in the last regular season – and zero minutes in each of the previous two years.

Their chemistry and knowledge were good in 2021-22. It could be better with an off-season presence, a training camp, and a regular season.

Another jump pee

Jordan Bull was significantly better in his second season than in his first. After that, he was significantly better in his third season than in his second season.

At some point, that trend will fade, but history tells us that Paul – who isn’t 23 until the end of the season, younger than Luka Donjic and Tra Young, and just two months older than Ja Morant – is still poised to gain.

He will enter the season with confidence after performing like an All-Star in the second half of last year. He’ll go into inspiration, with free agency and a healthy paycheck waiting for him at the end of the year. He will likely turn out to be a better player than he has this year.

Consistency of Wigs

I’m known about these parts that I’ve been very critical of Andrew Wiggins, and for that I apologize. Well, no, I don’t really do that. I call it as I see it, and it’s okay if we don’t all agree.

However, despite being Wiggins short of most others, it’s undeniable that 2021-22 was fantastic, especially if you take into account his playoff performance.

I think his victory in 2022-23 would be even better.

Despite all the praise Wiggins got, he had a very brutal two-month period. From February 3 through March 30, Wiggins averaged 14.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game, while shooting 41.0% from the field, 31.9% on triples, and 55.0% on free throws. He’s scored 20 or more points only three times during that time (he’s played in 22 of the team’s 25 games), and his defense has faltered—with Green mostly sidelined, the Warriors’ defensive rating was 17 in the league.

There are a lot of potential reasons for this stagnation. Wiggins was playing on a great team for the first time in his career, and in the spotlight, on national television, much more than he used to. Earning the All-Star title for the first time in his career, he suddenly had the kind of interest and expectations he hadn’t seen since his rookie year. Hulk’s offensive game took a hit as he helped welcome Thompson back into the fold.

Whatever the reason, Wiggins has had two bad months in an otherwise strong year. I expect him to repeat the latter part of that, not the previous one.

JK and Moody 2.0.2 Update

Jonathan Kominga and Moses Moody weren’t ready to be regular contributors as starters, and that should come as no surprise. But they did enough last year to make you believe they could be strong players this season.

Playing with control beyond his years, Moody is a strong defensive player, and can make it rain from a distance. Kuminga has the kind of sports to watch that, when harnessed, opens up a whole new dimension for Dubs.

Both will be better this year. And one or both of them is likely to be good enough to make a dangerous impact.

A wise man!

In case you missed it, James Wiseman has already played four summer league games this year, which is four more than he played last summer league and last season…together.

It is not clear what role he will play in the Warriors, or how good he will be. But with Steve Kerr chasing victories now, Wiseman will only play when he benefits the team, so adding him to the roster can only be positive.

This is the rosy look, of course. The Warriors lost more than just Payton, Porter, Bellica, Lee, and Toscano Anderson. Mike Brown has left. Carrie, Thompson, and Green are all a year older. There is a possibility that Wiggins or Paul will back off rather than move in the forward direction. Kevin Looney, who struggled with injuries earlier in his career, will probably not play 104 games again.

And of course, the West is looking a lot more difficult this year, with Kawhi Leonard and Jamal Murray returning.

However, for the losses incurred by the warriors, they might have taken more steps forward than backward.

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