Golden State Warriors: Taking a Peek Inside Training Camp

The Golden State Warriors have been in the NBA Finals for the past five seasons. It is going to be extremely difficult for them to get back there for a sixth straight season. Golden State lost to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals in six games last season.

The Warriors lost Kevin Durant in free agency this offseason. Durant signed with the Brooklyn Nets for four years to team up with Kyrie Irving, but Kevin Durant will miss most likely the entire 2019-2020 season because of a Torn Achilles injury he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last season.

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Durant injured his calf in the second round of the postseason in Game 5 at home against the Houston Rockets. It will be interesting to see how this team responds this season with not having him around anymore.

Golden State will also not have Klay Thompson until January or February because he tore his ACL in the third quarter of Game 6 at home in the NBA Finals last season. Thompson signed a five-year contract in the offseason. He is one of the most important players on this team. Klay Thompson was on fire in Game 6 until he got hurt.

Steph Curry and D’Angelo Russell will most likely carry the load until he returns. Russell was acquired in a sign-and-trade by the Brooklyn Nets. D’Angelo Russell signed a four-year deal in the offseason. It will be interesting to see if the Golden State Warriors hang onto him or if they trade him at some point.

The projected starting lineup for the start of the season will be (C) Willie Cauley-Stein, (PF) Draymond Green, (SF) Alfonzo McKinnie, (SG) D’Angelo Russell, and (PG) Steph Curry.

Key players off the bench: (G) Alec Burks, (C/F) Kevon Looney, (F) Eric Paschall, (G) Jordan Poole, (F) Omari Spellman, and (G) Damion Lee.

When Klay Thompson returns, McKinnie will most likely move to a bench role. Although Cauley-Stein could move to the bench as well depending what the matchup is for Golden State.

Steve Kerr is one of the best coaches in the NBA. This season will feel a lot different for him this season compared to years past. A lot of people will forget about this team at some point and when they get hot, everyone will be talking about Golden State once again.

In fact, the Warriors may not be the best team in the west. Nonetheless, they will definitely be in the 2019-2020 postseason. The Utah Jazz, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Houston Rockets, and the Denver Nuggets might all be better than them this season.

If Golden State gets the right draw in the first round and if they are a lower seed, the Golden State Warriors could pull off an upset.

The training camp schedule has not been announced yet. However, the Golden State Warriors will begin preseason play on Saturday, October 5 against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Chase Center.

The Chase Center will be the new arena that Golden State will play at this season. The Oracle Arena era is over.

Finally, the Warriors will begin the regular season at home on Thursday, October 24 against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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