With Kevin Durant gone in free agency, Klay Thompson out for the season and Steph Curry out at least three months, the Golden State Warriors current roster looks very different from their previous years of Western Conference dominance.
The rough start to the Golden State Warriors’ season continued when they lost Curry to a broken left hand in their last game.
NBA mandates that teams are required to have eight healthy players on the active roster, according to NBA Front Office Insider Bobby Marks.
Currently, the healthy players for the Warriors are the following:
- Ky Bowman (Rookie, Two-way contract)
- Alec Burks
- Willie Cauley-Stein
- Marquese Chriss
- Draymond Green
- Damion Lee (Two-way contract)
- Eric Paschall (Rookie)
- Jordan Poole (Rookie)
- Glenn Robinson III
- D’Angelo Russell
- Omari Spellman
The injured players for the Warriors are the following:
- Steph Curry (broken hand)
- Jacob Evans III (strained adductor)
- Kevon Looney (hamstring tightness, stemming from a neuropathic condition in his body)
- Alen Smailagic (ankle sprain)
- Klay Thompson (ACL tear)
The thought coming into the season was that the Warriors could do well enough to potentially slide into the playoffs.
After Curry’s injury and seeing the team in real game action, it has now become clear that the Warriors are just not deep enough to compete at a high level for the rest of the season.
This means that the Warriors will take a more developmental approach to the players they have, as they have shifted their focus to the future.
The Warriors have the third youngest roster in the NBA with an average age of 24.87, according to the NBA’s full roster survey.
“This is a team that probably was headed toward the lottery anyway and now you look at the lineup they’re going to be putting out on that floor … This is a team that is going to be in the lottery, and probably deep in the lottery,” said Adrian Wojnarowski. “Remember, they have a protected first-round pick going to Brooklyn in the sign-and-trade that brought them D’Angelo Russell, but that means they’ll keep that pick this year and they’ll have a chance to get back up really high in this draft and maybe get an impact player and then try to come back next year with Curry, Klay Thompson, certainly Draymond Green and that core. They’ll have the mid-level exception they can use in free agency.”
Draymond Green on the perception that they should just build towards the future with Curry out:
“They’re not wrong, it is about next year. But last year is also about last year and the year after that like you’re always building towards the now and the future.”