The Golden State Warriors have done an outstanding job at building through the NBA Draft. They turned their lottery picks into superstars and put together the core of a team that made it to 5 straight NBA Finals, which is a lot to say.
Obviously, they also added a lot of important pieces through free agency and even some of their “homegrown” talents, sort of say, were left behind along the way. Hey, it’s just the way it goes around the league, even if may seem tough.
But how would a team like the Golden State Warriors fare if their drafted players came back into town? It would be pretty much the same core plus just one key reinforcement or two. Here, we’ll break it down for you:
PG: Stephen Curry
Well, Stephen Curry has a strong case for being the greatest player in Golden State Warriors history. He’s already the greatest shooter ever, a two-time MVP (first unanimous), and the main reason why they were able to win 3 rings over the past 5 years.
Up to this day, Stephen Curry is still overlooked and in many ways underrated. He slipped right to the Warriors’ lap in the NBA Draft and the rest, as they say, is history. The biggest question now is whether he’ll have one or two statues outside of the arena.
SG: Klay Thompson
If the Golden State Warriors are the ultimate 3-and-D team that’s because of Klay Thompson, who’s the ultimate 3-and-D player himself. He’s one of the best backcourt stoppers in the league and has the most beautiful shooting stroke you’ll see.
Klay Thompson doesn’t talk a lot. He’s a guy who enjoys flying under the radar and just doing his thing. That’s why he doesn’t’ get the praise and recognition he deserves as the superstar he is but he could be any team’s go-to scorer, for sure.
SF: Harrison Barnes
It’s pretty safe to state that Harrison Barnes didn’t live up to the expectations everybody had around him when he first entered the league. Then again, he played a major role in the team’s first title run under Steve Kerr even though he was often the scapegoat.
Barnes is a solid scorer and an athletic freak that can get stops against the best of them. However, the fact that he demanded a lot of money while they could spend it on a better player – some guy called Kevin Durant – made him the odd man out.
PF: Eric Paschall
Eric Paschall is yet another example of how much of an outstanding job the Golden State Warriors’ scouting team has done over the past couple of years. Everybody slept on him and he slipped in last year’s Draft but proved to be a baller right away.
Paschall is never going to be an All-Star, yet he does all the little things every single one of the coaches in the league would want him to do. He defends, he can score from all three levels, and is the kind of player who’s willing to put his body on the line on every single possession.
C: Draymond Green
Draymond Green doesn’t get the credit he deserves because he talks a lot of trash and isn’t the biggest star in the team. However, he’s one of the best and most versatile defenders in NBA history and his basketball IQ is just off the charts.
Green is a very intelligent player. He knows how to break down defenses in real-time and his playmaking ability has helped the Splash Brothers thrive off the ball. He may not be the most easygoing player on the court but his defense and energy are pretty contagious, that’s for sure.