The Golden State Warriors lost the NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors in six games. For the first time in a long time, Golden State was dealing with a bunch of injuries. Kevin Durant re-injured himself in Game 5 when he tore his Achilles. He will most likely be out for the entire 2019-2020 season.
Klay Thompson will also probably be out for the entire 2019-2020 season too because he tore his ACL late in the third-quarter after missing a dunk. He will be a free agent and Kevin Durant could also opt out of his contract. It will be interesting to see whether or not Golden State decides to offer them both the max.
Next season, it is possible that the Warriors will take a dip in the standings without Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. They might have no choice but to re-sign DeMarcus Cousins for another season.
The Western Conference will also be a lot tougher next season. This opens the door for most of the teams who qualified for the playoffs this season to be able to overtake the Warriors for the best team in the Conference.
Of course the Golden State Warriors will make the playoffs next season, but it is very possible they could be a sixth, seventh, or an eighth seed instead of being a top of the conference.
Golden State will have two draft picks this season. Those are the 28th and 58th overall picks. Even though Golden State will still have stars on their roster moving forward, they will need to find a way to nail those picks because those draft picks will be counted on to contribute both next year and possibly for years to come.
Golden State was able to find Draymond Green in the second-round of the NBA Draft back in 2012. Klay Thompson was selected 11th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. Steph Curry was drafted ninth overall in the 2009 NBA Draft.
This team could win another NBA Championship in the near future under Head Coach Steve Kerr in the foreseeable future. With that being said, it most likely will not be next season or the year after, but the realistic goal for them may be to prepare for the 2021-2022 season.
Draymond Green and Steph Curry and everybody else within that organization don’t believe the dynasty is over yet in Golden State, but time will tell. It is amazing that they went to five straight NBA Finals and won three of them. They could have very well won four of them, if it wasn’t for Draymond Green being suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals back in 2016 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.