Most NBA championship team tend to change things around their rotational players. They try to keep core players as it was the previous season. But if there is a chance to capture a superstar who would fit with their roster without disturbing the chemistry much then you can take a chance. But that isn’t what the Warriors are doing!
The Warriors’ championship run
The Golden State Warriors emerge victorious in the previous championship campaign. They entered the playoffs as the 3rd seed in the Western Conference with the trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green back into action.
They matched up against the Denver Nuggets in the first round. The Jokic-led Nuggets were a very defense-oriented team but their offense relies heavily on Nikola Jokic. The Warriors crushed the Nuggets in 5 games while Curry started in only 2 games.
In the 2nd round, they faced a young Memphis Grizzlies team but Ja Morant got hurt in Game 3 and had to sit out for the rest of the series. The Warriors took care of the Grizzlies in 6 games and went on to face the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals. The Mavericks could not handle the Warriors championship experience. The Warriors came out of the West as the first winners of the Magic Johnson Western Conference Championship trophy.
They faced the young but experienced Boston Celtics team in the Finals. It was a series of hot potatoes for the first 4 games as each traded wins to tie for 2-2. The Warriors took a crucial Game 5 and went on to beat the Celtics in Game 6, ultimately lifting the NBA Championship. Stephen Curry finally added the NBA Finals MVP to his collection of trophywares.
Are they coming back for a repeat?
Then in the off-season, the Warriors made some changes to their rotational pieces. They got rid of players like Juan Toscano-Anderson, Kent Bazemore, Damion Lee, Nemanja Bjelica and Otto Porter Jr. Andre Iguodala, who was part of the Warriors championship team for all 4 times has grown old and is yet to sign a contract with the franchise.
The one loss that would hurt the Warriors is their departure of Gary Payton II. He was an instrumental piece throughout the 2021-22 season and the playoffs. His defensive instincts and hustle plays helped the Warriors to practically stroll their way to the Finals.
Despite that, the Warriors have already brought in replacements. They signed Jeff Green, Donte DiVincenzo and Mac McClung. Bringing in a mixture of young and veteran players is just th kind of thing the Warriors do. But one issue is still left unanswered and that is Andrew Wiggins signing.
Many speculated that he might be moved from the team to be exchanged for Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings but that seems to be untrue. Despite all of this Steve Kerr calmly proclaims that the Warriors can repeat. James Wiseman is coming back as well which is a huge boost. It will be interesting to see how the Warriors look like in the following season!