The Golden State Warriors sit at 2-9, tied for the worst record in the NBA with the New York Knicks. Klay Thompson was sporadically ruled out for the year despite many expecting him to make a return in March (according to NBC Sports, he still could). In addition, fellow star Stephen Curry broke his left hand on Halloween. He will be re-evaluated in 3 months with no timetable to return. Some sources have ruled him out for the year too, after we were told he would make a return.
Center, Kevon Looney who many thought the Warriors kept on a good deal has been diagnosed with neuropathy. This is a condition affecting his nervous system and has no timetable for return. Jacob Evans III and Damion Lee both have been added to the injury report with no timetable to return, too. Alen Smailagic and Omari Spellman are also on the injury report. The Warriors are a mess and this couldn’t be worse timing with their new arena. Even though Smailagic and Spellman are not key players, the injuries are piling up for Steve Kerr’s team. We have already seen missed time from Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell too.
Absolutely nobody predicted the Warriors would be in such a position this time last year, nor did anyone think it would turn this sour at the start of the season. Many people dubbed them “Finals Sleepers.”
The bottom line is that this season is probably a wash for Golden State, but there could be a deeper plan to all of this. Let’s say the Warriors are a bottom 3 NBA team at the end of the season. They will have quite the pick going into free agency as they get all of their starters healthy. After the monstrosity of health issues in the Finals, maybe it would be wise for the Warriors’ medical staff to throw in the towel and go all-in on a tanking season. Who knows. That could be what is happening already.
Don’t be surprised if the Warriors have a healthy starting lineup and a star-studded rookie for the 2020-21 season. Also, keep an eye on DLo this season. If he stays healthy and is productive, the Warriors could trade him for another key piece or solid role players.