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Eastern Conference Executive Not Convinced By Golden State Warriors: "I Think They Have Almost No Shot At The Playoffs"

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(via ABC7 San Francisco)

(via ABC7 San Francisco)

The Golden State Warriors have been a powerhouse until the break up of their dynasty after the 2019 Championship loss to the Toronto Raptors. They were world beaters once: Curry was a unanimous MVP, Draymond Green was a DPOY and Klay Thompson was All-NBA. This team was special, but now they have a wrench in their plans for future contention.

Klay Thompson went down with a season-ending Achilles tear before it even began. With Thompson on the sideline, the Warriors acquired Kelly Oubre Jr. in the hopes of buoying that wing position. However, even with their savvy trade and the acquisition of No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman, some people don't believe that that is enough.

In an article by ESPN reporter Tim Bontemps, it was revealed that an Eastern Conference executive has a grim forecast for the Warriors' future. The executive in question stated that he thinks "They have almost no shot at the playoffs." That damp outlook seems reasonable: with no Klay Thompson defenses are more welcome to key in on Stephen Curry and send double teams while leaving worse players open.

Even with that prognosis, the Warriors may make it into the playoffs due to their new young core around Stephen Curry. All of these players are skilled, athletic, and hungry for success. Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre are similar wings: both are athletic and have size for their position. Oubre has been a good two-way wing for the Phoenix Suns, and Wiggins showed flashes on the defensive end in Golden State. Eric Paschall is a bruising power forward who can bring scoring at the position if the Warriors need offense, subbing in for Draymond Green. No. 2 pick James Wiseman is a wild card, but it seems like the Warriors are confident in their pick.

While the Eastern Conference executive may turn out to be right, the young Warriors have a lot of potential. Combine that with the return of Stephen Curry and the continued veteran presence of Draymond Green, then a path to the playoffs seems somewhat visible.