Can Golden State Warriors Find Balance Between Contention And Development?

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Finding the proper balance between veterans and prospects

This balance between player development for the future and contending for a title now is going to be something we see a lot of within the Golden State Warriors organization all throughout the 2021-22 season and to be honest, there really is no answer for which one is more important. 

Prioritizing winning a championship now limits what the Golden State Warriors will be able to do in the future when Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson are heading towards retirement and if this team prioritizes winning for the future by focusing on player development, then they will be wasting the prime years they have with their three All-Stars. 

As an organization, this is a good-bad problem to have, and quite honestly, if there is one organization that can figure out the right path to success in both areas, it is the Golden State Warriors. 

We have seen this team succeed time and time again with a ton of different/moving pieces on their roster and we should treat the 2021-22 season the same. For the first time in years, the Warriors have a reliable bench with a really solid blend of experienced and learning talents. Guys like Iguodala and Porter Jr. will be key contributors, but they will also be key monitors to young players on this team. 

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They may have only won 54 total games the last two years, but it is not crazy to think that the Warriors could come close to winning this many games during the 2021-22 season.

Anywhere from 45-50 wins seems realistic for this team at full strength and if Stephen Curry picks up right where he left off last season, opposing teams in this league are in store for a massive headache all year long.

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Brett Siegel joined NBA Analysis Network as a credentialed NBA Insider and Journalist in 2020 after previously working with FanSided covering the Golden State Warriors and Louisville Basketball. For all up-to-date NBA news, stats and info, and any inquiries, be sure to follow him on Twitter @BrettSiegelNBA.

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