The Golden State Warriors had an interesting off-season.
Golden State Warriors executive Mike Dunleavy Jr. has been named the franchise’s new general manager. Dunleavy, 42, was elevated from vice president of basketball operations and replaced former president and GM Bob Myers, who recently stepped down after 11 seasons and four championships.
The Warriors traded Jordan Poole to the Washington Wizards for 12-time All-Star Chris Paul. The move could send Paul to the bench, but it makes one wonder if Paul will pick up his pace with the Warriors’ fast-paced offense or have an orderly pace when he is on the court.
A new GM and added veteran point guard. It is a coin flip for the Warriors; they could finish in the top five or battle in the play-in tournament.
Size is a significant problem for the Warriors, not just for the Western Conference, but who can give Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets problems in a playoff series? Draymond Green and Dario Saric are their fives. But Green can be a setback instead of helping in that position.
Jonathan Kuminga deserves more minutes with expectations of taking a step up. Kuminga can defend multiple positions and has elite potential to be a lockdown defender, with his near 7′ wingspan and 6’8″ height, plus natural strength and speed. He also shows excellent potential to be a ball-handler. Warriors, if healthy, should have 49 wins this season or over.