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Golden State Warriors Betting Outlook
Western Conference Odds: +900
Preseason NBA Championship Odds: +1800
This was going to be the season that the Golden State Warriors made a turnaround as dramatic as last season’s, when they went from being in the NBA Finals to having the worst record in the league. There will be improvement, but the season-ending injury to Klay Thompson puts a damper on the Golden State hopes.
Stephen Curry is back and fully healthy, and there’s the presence of No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman in the paint, but there’s definitely some work to be done as well. Andrew Wiggins has had some time to become acclimated to the team after coming to Golden State in a midseason trade last year. And Draymond Green will be the glue that holds the team together, but expectations have to be tempered in an extremely competitive Western Conference.
If Curry can recapture his All-Star form after spending most of last season on the shelf, and the complementary pieces can come through, Golden State can compete for a playoff spot. But there is still a lot of chemistry to be rediscovered, so it may be another season of the lottery as the Warriors wait for Thompson to return.
Warriors’ 2021 Predictions
Regular Season Record: 26-46
Conference Standing: 11th
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Stephen Curry played in five games a season ago due to a broken left hand. He played in one contest prior to the coronavirus pandemic shutdown of the league, scoring 23 points, but it will be interesting to see how playing in one game in over a year affects the 32-year-old. Curry may need to be more of a vocal leader with a younger core around him, but he’ll always be good for some highlight-length jumpers as well.
The heart of the Warriors’ championship runs of recent vintage has been Draymond Green. The versatile forward can make an impact on a game without scoring, filling up the stat sheet and being an emotional leader on both ends of the floor. It will be something to watch how he deals with a younger group that isn’t as in sync as the championship teams.
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Golden State Warriors Team History
The Golden State Warriors have been around since the team’s inception in 1946 as the Philadelphia Warriors. The franchise moved to California in 1962, becoming the San Francisco Warriors until changing to their current team name in 1971.
The Warriors were inaugural members of the Basketball Association of America, winning the league’s first championship in 1946-47 behind the scoring of Joe Fulks. The BAA merged with the National Basketball League to become the National Basketball Association, which has the 1946-47 Warriors credited with the league’s first championship.
Philadelphia won another title in 1955-56, defeating the Fort Wayne Pistons in the finals. The team drafted Kansas star Wilt Chamberlain, who immediately became a prolific scorer. In 1962, Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game against the New York Knicks, a record that still stands today.
Chamberlain helped lead the Warriors to the NBA Finals in 1964, where they lost to the Boston Celtics, and then was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in 1965.The Warriors finally won another NBA title in 1975, upsetting the Washington Bullets in a four-game sweep behind Finals MVP Rick Barry.
The team struggled to make deep postseason runs for the next few decades, though the trio of Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond teamed up in the late 1980s and early 1990s to form what became known as Run-TMC. Under coach Don Nelson, the high-scoring squad was entertaining if not successful.
A dark part of the team’s history came in December 1997, when guard Latrell Sprewell infamously choked head coach PJ Carlesimo at a practice, leading to Sprewell being suspended 10 games and the Warriors voiding the All-Star’s contract.
The most successful run in team history came in the 2010s, with the Warriors advancing to the NBA Finals in five straight seasons, winning three titles in the process. Stephen Curry led a group of All-Stars that included Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to an NBA-record 73 regular-season wins in 2015-16. Curry was named the league’s Most Valuable Player for the second straight season, though the team lost in the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers, blowing a 3-1 series advantage.
The next year, Kevin Durant came to the team in one of the biggest free-agent signings in team history. Durant helped lead the team to another NBA title, earning Finals MVP honors in the process. The Warriors returned to the NBA Finals in 2019, but injuries to Durant and Thompson sidelined the All-Star duo, and Golden State lost to Toronto.
In all, 23 current Hall of Famers have spent some time as a player or coach for the Warriors, including former coaches Al Attles and Nelson and players Jamaal Wilkes, Mullin, Barry, Chamberlain, Richmond, Nate Thurmond, Sarunas Marciulionis, Bernard King, Joe Fulks and Paul Arizin.
With Durant departed via free agency, Thompson sidelined for the season, and Curry and Green hobbled by injuries, the bottom fell out for the Warriors in 2019-20. The team moved from Oakland to anarena in San Francisco called the Chase Center. It was the first time the team had played its home games in San Francisco since 1971.
Part of the Durant sign-and-trade deal brought Brooklyn guard D’Angelo Russell to the team. Although he averaged 23.6 points in 33 games with Golden State, Russell was dealt away at midseason to Minnesota, bringing former No. 1 overall pick, Andrew Wiggins, to the Warriors.
Curry played in just five games, getting injured in the fourth game of the season and not returning until March 5. Curry sat the next two games and didn’t see the court again after the NBA postponed play due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 11.
Sitting at 15-50 and out of playoff contention, the Warriors were not one of the teams invited to participate in the resumption of the season in the Orlando bubble. Golden State finished with the worst record in the league and earned the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Kelly Oubre Jr., forward, Phoenix Suns
Brad Wanamaker, guard, Boston Celtics
Kent Bazemore, guard, Sacramento Kings
James Wiseman, center, Memphis
Nico Mannion, guard, Arizona
Kaleb Wesson, center, Ohio State
Golden State head coach Steve Kerr has had a tremendous run in his first and only coaching job. After a 15-year NBA playing career that saw him win five NBA titles (three with Chicago, two with San Antonio), Kerr was a broadcaster for games on TNT before joining the front office of the Phoenix Suns in 2007.
Kerr went back to broadcasting in 2010, but Golden State hired him as head coach in 2014, giving him his first job on the bench. The Warriors reached the NBA Finals in their first five seasons under Kerr, giving him three more NBA titles on his resume. He was the NBA Coach of the Year for the 2015-16 season and has been the coach of the Western Conference All-Star team twice.
In six years with the Warriors, Kerr has a regular-season record of 337-138 (though he did miss 43 games in 2015-16 due to back surgery) and a playoff record of 77-28.
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