What a difference one year makes.
A year ago, the Golden State Warriors had a trifecta of stars and were on their way to a fifth consecutive NBA Finals. Nearing Christmas of the 2019-20 season, the Warriors are 5-24 and hold the distinction of having the worst record in the entire league.
How did Golden State fall so fast? It started with an injury to former Warrior Kevin Durant. During last year’s postseason, Durant suffered a torn Achilles tendon that left the Warriors down a star. Durant had been the NBA Finals MVP the previous season when Golden State won its second consecutive NBA title.
With Durant out, the Toronto Raptors successfully navigated the NBA Finals series and defeated Golden State in six games, taking the series 4-2. In Game 6, star No. 2, Klay Thompson suffered a torn ACL. The injury will likely prevent him from playing the entire 2019-20 season.
After last year’s NBA Finals, Durant decided to pack up and leave in free agency and is now a Brooklyn Net. He has yet to play a game and, like Thompson, probably will not play this season due to his injury.
With Durant and Thompson both out of the picture for this season, that left the Warriors one star – Stephen Curry. It’s a great star to have as Curry is a former two-time NBA MVP who is one of the game’s best scorers.
Disaster struck early as Curry broke a bone in his right hand in the Warriors fourth game of the season. Curry will miss at least three months of the season and has painfully watched his former champions revel in awfulness.
The once mighty Warriors rank near the bottom of the league in scoring (26th overall) and newcomer D’Angelo Russell is their leading scorer (21.8 ppg). Next on the scoring list? Rookie Eric Paschall at 15.9. Then comes Alec Burks with 15.4 points a game. That is how far the Warriors have fallen.