• The Warriors made a win-now move ahead of this season by acquiring Chris Paul and shipping out Jordan Poole. That move should have also eased some tension in the locker room, but instead, we got another season with distractions which chipped away at the team’s title aspirations, cohesiveness and general ability to compete with the best in the league.

    How’d It Go?

    The Warriors did not start the season well as a team, but Stephen Curry was on fire and he took the scoring mantle upon himself. In mid-November though, Draymond Green was handed a five-game suspension for putting Rudy Gobert in a chokehold. The Warriors managed to hold it together without their defensive coordinator Green during that time though. Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson struggled immensely and Curry being the only player in double figures (or outscoring his fellow starters) unfortunately became a regular occurrence. That burden eventually became too much for Curry as his efficiency began to fall off. On top of that, almost exactly one month after the incident with Gobert, Green flailed wildly and hit Jusuf Nurkic in the face. That resulted in an indefinite suspension which lasted 12 games and Green missed a further four games due to reconditioning. They had an 18-21 record when he returned but of course, the overall distractions generally did not help the team.

    There were positives though, as Klay Thompson began to pick up his play a bit in December and rookie Brandin Podziemski was giving the team impactful minutes. However, in early January we got more drama with a leaked report about Jonathan Kuminga “losing faith” in head coach Steve Kerr after Kuminga sat the final 18 minutes of a loss despite having a strong performance earlier in the game. The result? Kuminga actually got rewarded with more opportunities and it paid off. The Warriors finally got another source of scoring as Kuminga was scorching hot for a few weeks before slowing back down a bit. Chris Paul broke his hand in early January and we also had stints of Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson coming off the bench. Anything that could happen did happen, but Curry was able to put some wins on the board with clutch performances.

    The team’s other rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis emerged later in the season to add some energy and rim protection, but overall, the Warriors finished in the Play-In with a 46-36 record as the 10th seed in the West. Thompson shot 0-of-10 in the first elimination game and the Kings easily dispatched the Warriors to draw the curtains on a chaotic season. To put the icing on top of it, they also don’t have their No. 14 pick at the end of the lottery to add more talent since it belongs to the Blazers.

    Coaching

    Steve Kerr has deservedly earned his plaudits during the Warriors dynasty. In recent years, though, there have been the emerging “two timelines” and Kerr sometimes got some flack for not trusting the young players enough. That trust finally happened due to the failures of the veterans on the team this season and Jonathan Kuminga’s public “call out” of Kerr. Brandin Podziemski forced his way into minutes and Trayce Jackson-Davis brought more of the enthusiasm and energy that the team needed down the stretch.

    Things are bound to shake up in the offseason and Kerr’s abilities as a coach will be tested. Their motion offense is less effective without consistent threats to help Stephen Curry if defenses can single him out, but perhaps Jonathan Kuminga can become a more reliable second option moving forward. Even so, he would bring a completely different dynamic as a more athletic, rim-pressuring scorer if the Warriors can truly rely on him. Kerr does deserve some credit for ushering the team to a 46-36 record given the circumstances and that would have been enough for the No. 4 seed in the prior season. However, if the competition around you improves then you have to be able to keep up and the West should only continue to get better in theory, so Kerr and the Warriors will need to find a way.

    The Players

    Stephen Curry
    PG, Golden State Warriors
    SeasonTeamGPGSMPG FGMFGAFG% FTMFTAFT% 3PTM3PTA3PT% PTSREBAST STLBLKTO
    23-24 GS 74 74 32.7 8.8 19.5 45.0 4.0 4.4 92.3 4.8 11.8 40.8 26.4 4.5 5.1 0.7 0.4 2.8
    22-23 GS 56 56 34.7 10.0 20.2 49.3 4.6 5.0 91.5 4.9 11.4 42.7 29.4 6.1 6.3 0.9 0.4 3.2
    21-22 GS 64 64 34.5 8.4 19.1 43.7 4.3 4.7 92.3 4.5 11.7 38.0 25.5 5.2 6.3 1.3 0.4 3.2

    ADP: 8.8/6.7 (ESPN/Yahoo) | Total Value: 14/17 (8/9-cat) | Per-Game Value: 19/22 (8/9-cat)

    Stephen Curry averaged 30.7 points and 5.6 triples per game during the first 11 games of the season. That was enough for first-round 9-cat value. Curry began to fall off gradually from there, but it took a while before he was truly below his usual levels to a noticeable degree. The overreliance on Curry by the Warriors simply was not sustainable. The four-time NBA champion turned 36 in March, so this is the point of his career where you’d hope the burden on him is eased a bit.

    If you exclude the five-game season in 2019-20, Curry shot the second-worst percentage from three of his career at 40.8% as well as from the field at 45.0%, though his 3-point percentage is still elite by normal standards. Curry’s points, rebounds, assists and steals all dipped from his prior season alongside his usual superhuman efficiency. Despite finishing as a second rounder after being drafted in the first round, it was not a league-losing move for managers. Curry played in 74 games, the most since his 2016-17 season. That phantom 10th category, availability, should have generally helped fantasy managers thanks to the reliable “chances for value” which he provided even if the offense wasn’t always up to the mark.

    Want access to the rest of this Season Wrap? You’ll need to have a FANTASYPASS membership. Click here to learn more and sign up! 

    Premium Access Required:

5 1 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x