The Golden State Warriors lost a lot in the free agency and on top of everything, there is a high probability Klay Thompson will miss the majority of next regular season due to injury. The Warriors, however, made some moves and acquired D’Angelo Russell who had a break through season with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Warriors didn’t have much options in the free agency but acquiring Russell provides them a solid scoring option to go alongside Stephen Curry who might have another MVP type season. The biggest problem surrounding D’Angelo is the fact he is a poor defender and liability on the defensive end of the floor, in which Warriors won’t be so dominant as they previously were with Igoudala and Durant.
Curry is excited about the opportunity to play with Russell, especially because of the fact he might even elevate his game further than last season with the Nets. He also recognized the similarity in their game which was initiated when Russell was getting drafted to the NBA.
“The noise he made last year was amazing, what they did in Brooklyn and him taking the next step as a certified all-star. I haven’t had much personal interaction with him, on or off the court other than playing against each other. Back when he was drafted, there were some comparisons of our game, how smooth he played, he can shoot, he can pass. Having a guy versatile like that only helps your team. The chemistry will develop quickly. We’ll be really purposeful about that and try to set the tone how we’ll play this year. It’s about encouraging each other and having confidence that we’ll bring the best out of each other. Then when Klay gets back as well, we’ll add him to the backcourt mix. It’s going to be fun.”