The Golden State Warriors were one of the most feared teams in the NBA just a few seasons ago. They had a nearly unstoppable superteam, but even before Kevin Durant came to the Bay, they had already won a championship. The Warriors were one of the teams that have beaten LeBron James in the Finals, which isn't necessarily an easy thing to do. While they have been inconsistent this season, they have lacked Klay Thompson's presence on both ends, which could explain why they are a lower seed.
Stephen A. Smith believes that the Golden State Warriors will go back to their league-wrecking ways once Klay Thompson gets fully healthy. The Golden State Warriors have made some solid moves in the last few years, acquiring Eric Paschall and James Wiseman via the draft, and trading for Andrew Wiggins. Stephen A. Smith has high hopes for the future of the Warriors.
Stephen A. Smith believes that the Warriors would be a lock for the Western Conference Finals if Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are both healthy. Curry and Thompson formed one of the deadliest backcourts in the NBA just a few years ago. The Warriors would have the two best shooters in the NBA back together, and that is a recipe for success.
The Golden State Warriors are in an in-between year, and they know that they won't be competing for the title this season. But once Klay Thompson comes back, it could be a different story.