According to Marc J. Spears of Andscape, future NBA Hall of Famer Chris Paul is anticipated to start for the Golden State Warriors in the upcoming campaign.
For shooting guard Jordan Poole, the Washington Wizards traded Paul to the Warriors. Paul, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Draymond Green are anticipated to start for Golden State in 2023–2024.
“I wonder if ultimately they want to bring Chris off the bench, which might be awkward because he’s never done that in his entire Hall of Fame career, but from what I’m being told is, the expectation is that he’s going to start,” Spears said on KNBR Radio.
“Really, really small lineup to start with, but if you’ve got Draymond and CP on the floor together, I can only imagine how beautiful these passes are,” Spears explained. “Chris will get the easiest wide-open 3s of his career, maybe easier than the ones he got in Phoenix. Life will be easy for Wiggins.”
For the Phoenix Suns last season, Paul averaged 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 8.9 assists while shooting 44.0% from the field, 37.5% from beyond the arc, and 83.1% from the line. His age is 38.
Paul playing for the Warriors will be unexpected. Social media users went crazy over Paul’s phony laugh towards Warriors head coach Steve Kerr in 2018. Most recently, during a game against the Suns in March, Curry reminded Paul, “This ain’t 2014 no more.”
Curry told Anthony Slater of The Athletic believes Paul can help the Warriors return to the promised land next season despite the fact that they have a long history together. In the Curry-Thompson-Green era, Golden State has participated in six NBA Finals and won four rings.
“The business is crazy,” Curry said about the Paul-Poole trade. “We all know that. If you asked us six months ago if this was something that could happen, the answer probably would’ve been no just based on where we were. Then you get to the summer and are trying to find ways to get better and put yourself in a position to chase another championship. Every team that CP has been on gets better. That’s the most consistent thing about him, and who he is and what he brings to the team.”