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Offseason Moves Highlight Murky Situation in Western Conference

Very few teams have had the highs and the lows in this offseason that the Golden State Warriors have gone through. From landing the potential top player in the draft in James Wiseman to losing star guard Klay Thompson, Warriors fans have had a stressful 2020. Heading into December, it is unclear whether the Warriors will be contenders or bottom-feeders in the crowded Western Conference.

SportsCastr News NBA’s Adam Armbrecht previews the upcoming season and the competition in the Western Conference. Article courtesy of ClutchPoints NBA

SportsCastr News NBA’s Adam Armbrecht discussed the outlook for the Warriors heading into the upcoming season. After an injury-riddled 2019-2020 campaign, it seemed as though this upcoming season would be the Warriors’ return to glory. While the Western Conference has greatly improved, it was likely that a team of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and the 2nd overall pick would be able to attain a high seed. Unfortunately, Klay Thompson’s season-ending injury casts doubt on the Warriors’ playoff hopes.

On his SportsCastr stream, Adam also analyzed some of the other question marks in the Western Conference. After seemingly being involved in new rumors everyday, the Houston Rockets will likely start the season with their core of James Harden and Russell Westbrook still intact. The Rockets also signed former Pistons big man Christian Wood to a 3 year contract, along with trading away forward Robert Covington.

The format of the NBA bubble showed that there are more than 8 playoff-worthy teams in the Western Conference. Teams like the Grizzlies, the Kings, and the Pelicans will all be joining the Warriors in the battle to return to the playoffs. Although, the SportsCastr News NBA team thinks it is unlikely that many teams will be able to compete with the improved Los Angeles Lakers.

In less than a month, the NBA will resume regular season basketball outside of a bubble for the first time in nine months. Because of the Orlando bubble, many NBA teams will come out of the offseason only a couple months removed from intense basketball. There is a path for the rested Warriors to once again challenge for the top seed in the West.

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