The warriors got worse and worse in the off-season – that can not be denied.
Losing Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, and DeMarcus Cousins is simply inevitable. Take into account Klay Thompson's ongoing rehab after a torn ACL repair operation, and it's pretty obvious that Golden State is in a worse position to win a championship than the dubs in the last five seasons.
But worse, it might surprise you.
According to ESPN's NBA Future Power Rankings released Thursday, the Warriors ranked third overall on NBA for the next three seasons.
In compiling the ranking, Kevin Pelton and Bobby Marks of ESPN ranked each NBA team in five categories ̵
The evaluation of the Warriors has been significantly improved by their evaluation in three categories. Pelton and Marks ranked Golden State players sixth in the league, Warriors management first and Dubs second. The Warriors did not fare as well in the money (T-27) and draft (T-24) categories.
Pelton believes that Golden State will be able to fight for a championship again once Thompson returns to the line-up, considering the acquisition of D & # 39; Angelo Russell – while limiting the immediate – as enabling the Flexibility of warriors across the board.
"Golden State aggressively turned to the agreement of a trade agreement to bring D & # 39; Angelo Russell off the nets," Pelton replied. "How Russell will fit in with the core of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Thompson remains to be seen, and the move has gutted the Warriors' Bank this season, but they'll have a window next summer with a 17, US $ 2 million trade exemption created in the US Andre Iguodala deal – in the worst case, Russell would be valuable for a trade that comes after an all-star season at the age of 23. " Pelton brings a great point. While warriors are currently severely limited in their cadre and salary cap flexibility, all this will change as the trade exception becomes usable. With Curry, Green, Thompson and Russell, who have signed long-term contracts, Golden State already has the core of its nearest competitor.
That may not come this season, but it is safe to say that the sinking was overrated.