NBA news: A few weeks ago, the Golden State Warriors appeared to be genuine title contenders coming into the 2020-21 season. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson would have been back, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins continued on the roster and they had the No. 2 overall pick to select the big man James Wiseman.
However, Thompson is now out for the year with a torn Achilles, which completely changes the franchise’s season outlook.
Curry spoke to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated about losing his mate for yet another season. He said:
“I think Klay is universally liked around the league, and understand he’s just the greatest dude. He just loves basketball. That was a tough call to get. Obviously, the excitement for us leading up to the draft and him coming back healthy, Draymond [Green] coming back healthy, myself coming back healthy, having the second pick. And now, with James Wiseman, some of the other guys, we really felt like this was a great opportunity for him to reassert himself as the best 2-guard in the league.”
What did Steph Curry say about their new NBA Draft pick?
The Warriors picked James Wiseman who previously attended camp with the team when he was young. Curry believes that the No. 2 overall pick could be a “once-in-a-lifetime-type of talent in terms of what he can physically do on the court and how he sees the game” and is excited to play with him.
“I think his demeanor—you can look at his physique and the raw, natural talent that he has, but when you talk to a guy that just has that look in his eye, like, ‘I’m just ready to learn, I’m ready to work’—I don’t think he’s afraid of the challenge. That says a lot. He obviously has to go out and prove it, and we’re going to be tough on him early to put him in the right mindset, what it takes to be successful in the NBA. But he’s got it.” continued Steph Curry about James Wiseman.
How do the Golden State Warriors look before the start of the 2020-21 NBA season?
The development of players like Wiseman, Wiggins, Oubre, and Paschall will be key to Golden State’s season.
Being 32 years old, Curry will continue to be one of the NBA’s most dangerous shooters and offensive players. The six-time All-Star and two-time MVP averaged 20.8 points and 6.6 assists in five games last season, and he’s a career 43.5 percent shooter from three.
Draymond Green will also continue to be the team’s defensive foundation and a great enthusiastic and vocal leader.
It will be a challenge for the head coach Steve Kerr to fashion an offense around the skill sets of these players. And even if that happens, reaching the postseason will not be easy.