If you use Twitter on Golden State Warriors, you’ll appreciate that the franchise doesn’t do well in hypothetical situations. Take the second-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies for example, where Ja Morant recently stated they were the favorites before he suffered a knee injury.
Let’s forget the fact that the Warriors stole the home field advantage and were 2-1 ahead before Morant went down. While there may be a lot of “ifs” and “buts” issued by the opposition masses, the truth is that
It looks like the Golden State Warriors, despite winning four championships in eight seasons, will have to continue to defy league-wide expectations in the coming years.
NBA Sports Show He had an interesting hypothetical discussion over the weekend, with members of three committees, Andrew Schlecht, Keith Parrish and Katie Heindel, as they completed the draft Snake in their strength rankings for the 2025-26 season.
The premise of this exercise was just a visual of who would be the best teams in the league at that point, not who would have a bright future or the best young assets. It’s fair to say that the results might scratch their heads a bit.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were picked first, an understandable decision given their recent trade with a young star in Donovan Mitchell, who now joins Evan Mobley, Darius Garland and Garrett Allen in an enviable young heart.
Golden State’s Finals opponent, the Boston Celtics, was named second place thanks to young duo Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The Warriors’ other competitor, the Grizzlies, came third, while the nine-team draft finished with the Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns.
Golden State failed to get a cue, even when teams like the New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs or the Oklahoma City Thunder were discussed. The Warriors have an ambitious bridge plan to maintain their success, however they will be lucky to make the playoffs in three years according to this podcast.
Stephen Curry would be 37, yes, he would have slowed down. But his sheer dominance over the league’s best defensive team, on the greatest stage ever, gives optimism that he will still be in the league’s top 10 in three years’ time. Sure, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will slow down, but you know the second half of the spotted brothers can sit in a corner and drain three times until the day they die.
Not to mention the warriors is not only a clear rejection of their older, experienced core who know how to win, but a rejection of their young talent. Three final picks in the lottery, a goalkeeper at Jordan Bull finished third in the NBA Most Improved Player award at the age of 22. Andrew Wiggins was the second best Warriors player in the finals… He’ll be 30 years old, and these are his peak years.
And… if you had no regard for the Warriors roster, none at all, you’d probably only think of the franchise itself. An organization that has made winning a habit for the past decade, an organization that generally makes the right decisions in its front office and most importantly, is willing to spend exorbitant amounts of money.
This is a pointless discussion, this league could change drastically in a matter of days let alone years. But the talk puts everyone equally at the table, assuming the teams will keep their most important players.
Beggars believed that the Golden State was not included, and the constant lack of respect is precisely why skeptics were called in when they won, much to the dismay of these same nonbelievers.