Golden State Warriors 2022/2023 Season Preview
What else can we say about this Warriors team? They fight through the absence of Klay Thompson to begin last season to still finish with a high seeding and ride their momentum upon his return all the way to the NBA Finals.
And Win the Championship.
The script is so familiar that it almost doesn’t seem to matter who is on the roster around their big 3, but let’s run through the additions and departures anyway.
Toscano-Anderson, Otto Porter, Gary Payton II, Damion Lee, Nemanja Bjelica, Chris Chiozza and (as of time of writing) Andre Iguodala will all be out of Warriors uniforms this season. To replace them, the team has signed a host of players, including Donte Divincenzo, JaMychal Green, Jerome Robinson, Patrick Baldwin Jr and a host of undrafted rookies. Most critically, however, they were able to re-sign Kevon Looney to a multi-year deal, keeping their Championship core in-tact.
Klay Thompson's return helped the Warriors run away with another title last season. Credit: SI
The top-end talent of the Warriors remains the envy of the league – not only because of their skill, but their continuity and longevity individually and as a trio. With age comes increased risk of injury and desire for rest, but the team having Jordan Poole allows them to cover any absence to Steph or Klay without missing a beat, as we saw in the post-season last year.
The Warriors are going to be the Warriors. You can expect 50+ wins and you can expect them to have their ups and downs during the grind of the regular season as wear and tear on their bodies continues to accumulate as they chase yet another title. The regular season doesn’t matter however, and the team knows how to turn it on when it matters most.
Ceiling: 1st seed.
Floor: 4th seed.