The Golden State Warriors, with the return of Klay Thompson, have the best odds on their next NBA title, along with the Brooklyn Nets and Lakers

Even if Klay Thompson, right, returns to Steph and Draymond, it won't be 2015 anymore.

Even if Klay Thompson, right, returns to Steph and Draymond, it won’t be 2015 anymore.
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The Golden State Warriors’ season was disappointing. Even though Steve Curry turned back the clock and routinely made his jaws hit the ground, Dubs still couldn’t sneak up on the actual Postseason – They lost their bid for the 8th seed in the Western Conference in a 117-112 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Anyone who watched that game noticed one thing – the Grizzlies doubled Steve in every match. Steve couldn’t touch the ball without two or three grizzlies falling on him as if he was Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant. However, Memphis was not able to use such a defense If Klay Thompson is healthy. I’m expanding on that idea in the linked piece – so feel free to read that too, if you’d like.

Two days ago, despite not being crowned the champion this season yet, the National Basketball Association revealed each team Odds of winning the 2022 NBA title. Only three teams were given better 10 to 1 (+1000) odds: the Brooklyn Nets (+275), the Los Angeles Lakers (+450), and… the Golden State Warriors (+800)?!?

Well, color me confused. I understand that five-time All-Star Klay Thompson will likely return, and that the Warriors have two picks in the top 14 of the draft — but that’s it Oh really Enough to guarantee the third best odds in the league?

Steve, Clay, and Dray were a fearsome trio that took over the league in 2015. However, these players aren’t what they used to be. Sure, Steph can still click from the logo, Draymond can still lock down the best players, and Klay can… give inspiring speeches on Instagram Live from his boatHowever, they are clearly not the same players who were at the peak of the Warriors Dynasty. Draymond Green Single Triple Averages come on. As it stands now, the only difference between the 2021 Warriors and 2022 Warriors will be Thompson (who saw his first act in over two years) and the seventh and 14th picks in the upcoming draft. Say what you will about the rookies, but I can’t remember a rookie who made a serious championship-level impact in their first season after being drafted a little later than fifth. You could argue (it would be hard) that Donovan Mitchell had that influence on jazz in 2017, but even if he did, it’s weird and not something to expect.

So… it must be Clay, right? Well, even with Thompson back in 2-guard, the Warriors are still far from competing in a tough Western Conference. Wiggins showed flashes, but was never steady. Draymond has a great court vision, but is a liability everywhere else in the attack situation, and James Wiseman has potential, but was very frustrated in the rookie season. While Thompson is awesome – one of the best two-way players in the game when he’s healthy – there’s no guarantee he’ll be back to his pre-injury form. Even if he did, Thompson’s shooting ability wouldn’t significantly improve the Warriors’ numbers from last season as many believe.

In the final season of Thompson, he made the previous eleventh overall pick, 38.8 percent of it Three points attempts over the first half Thompson’s favorite area to shoot from. Warriors shot as a whole 37.7 percent. That was with Kevin Durant attracting a lot of attention on Earth, too. In 2021, the Warriors ranked eighth in the 3 points higher than the interval, a clip is shot 37 percent. With Durant and Clay absent, you’d think that percentage would be a lot lower than what I came for.

Not to mention, Thompson’s injury plays directly against the best that Clay has done for most of his career. On the offensive end, what made Thompson so dangerous was his ability to work on off-ball screens in pick-and-shoot mode. In 2019, Thompson was the second most efficient shooter game Zero dribbling. However, in order to capture and shoot at this level, Thompson needs to be able to start, stop, turn, and break on a dime – it’s all about timing with poor screens. If Thompson is even a split second slower than he was before his injury, that could have a huge impact on his ability to get quick open opportunities to pick up and shoot. see how Thompson’s latest injury (The one that forced him to miss both of the last two seasons) was a torn ACL in his left knee and a tear in his right ankle – two of the most important tendons for fast movement on the basketball court – and it’s more than likely that Thompson wouldn’t have the same activity In his stride as he did circa 2018.

Now, there are dozens of rumors swirling that the Warriors are looking to trade in another star out of the season.

If the Warriors can reach any of the players mentioned in the tweets above, I can understand the optimism many fans seem to have for Golden State next season. Lillard, while potentially forcing Steph to 2 and Thompson to 3, would create the greatest shooting trilogy ever, and Simmons would add a stunning defensive option to pair up with Green and Thompson, turning the Warriors into arguably the best team-method. in the league. However, until one of those deals happens, the Warriors don’t have the tools to compete with teams like the Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, or Suns (if they keep Chris Paul). Thompson is great, but it wouldn’t be enough on his own.

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