last week, Golden State Warriors won their fourth NBA championship in eight years, making them a true dynasty.
They are showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Yes, Stephen Curry They’re 34 and Klay Thompson and Drummond Green are 32, but Bob Myers and the rest of his front office have done an incredible job replenishing their supporting cast with young and productive players over the years.
Because of this, the Warriors could win another championship in the near future and possibly even more.
In fact, at this point, they are the favorites to win next year’s world title, and they deserve to be favourites.
Thinking about next season
An early look at the 2023 NBA Championship odds: pic.twitter.com/6CBn2ebXKz
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Warriors have an amazing mix of young and experienced veterinarians
Legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson, who coached Warriors head coach Steve Kerr during his playing career, once said that you win with the men, and Golden State certainly had the men at Curry, Thompson and Green. Have grown up
But the team’s other key rotation players are young and still getting better.
The best in that group is Andrew Wiggins, who made his first All-Star team this year and was the team’s second-best player during the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics.
Andrew Wiggins NBA Finals stats for the Golden State Warriors:
18.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.5 BPG, 1.8 TOV, 44.6/29.7/69.2 Shooting Splits. His average was +4.8. All this while guarding the best player on the other team. I present you, champion Andrew Wiggins pic.twitter.com/9CJDPewjlQ
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He did an amazing job defensively on Jason Tatum throughout the championship series.
Jason Tatum vs Defender in playoff
vs Jimmy Butler – 10/19 (52.6%)
vs. Kevin Durant – 9/19 (47.9%)
vs Giannis Antetokounmpo – 12/35 (34.3%)
vs. Andrew Wiggins – 14/48 (29%) pic.twitter.com/L0lJjWZWdf
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When Wiggins first came to the Golden State a few years ago, he was considered a low-efficiency chucker who was soft and didn’t defend.
He deserves his flowers to remake himself into a warrior-type player, and at 27 years old, he’s just entering his prime.
Guard Jordan Poole has grown rapidly over the past three seasons, and this year, he scored 18.5 points per game.
His efficiency increased when it mattered most, as he increased his shooting percentage from 44.8 in the regular season to 50.8 and his 3-point shooting accuracy from 36.4 percent to 39.1 percent.
Guard Gary Peyton II gives the Warriors some scoring and 3-point shooting from the bench, and it looks like the springs are on their feet.
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Then the Warriors have had three lottery picks over the past two years, turning in James Wiseman, Jonathan Cuminga and Moses Moody.
Wiseman showed promise as a rookie last year, and although he didn’t play this year due to injury, he could give the Warriors a lack of inside presence.
Cuminga and Moody have barely played this season, but if they emerge as good players, the Warriors’ championship window could be longer than some expected.
Who could have defeated them?
So far, there’s only one team that can really beat Golden State in a best-of-seven — the Milwaukee Bucks, last year’s world champions.
The Bucks need to strengthen their bench a bit, but they’ll likely give the Warriors a real run for their money in a potential finals matchup next summer.
But no one else in the NBA deserves mention in the same breath as the Warriors do right now.
The Celtics are in need of reinvention, the Brooklyn Nets are a mess, and the Memphis Grizzlies are too green.
Things may change in the next few weeks—the Los Angeles Lakers could trade a blockbuster for someone like Kyrie Irving like few other teams—but the Warriors will still be the class of pro basketball when next season begins.