The Golden State Warriors’ continued title contention, despite the fact that their core has aged, is a testament to Stephen Curry’s ability. The Denver Nuggets are the best of the best, therefore it is unclear if they have the firepower on both sides of the court to compete with them. In fact, Antonio Daniels, a former NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs, thinks the Warriors might not have what it takes to reach the heights the team did in 2022.
Daniels focused emphasis on the fact that Klay Thompson struggled during the NBA playoffs in 2023 and that as he ages, he might not be able to perform his duties as Curry and the Warriors’ second scoring option in order for them to win a title.
“[Last playoffs] [Klay Thompson] ran out of steam as well. No matter how fantastic Steph is, they won’t win if Klay Thompson isn’t Klay Thompson. Without Klay Thompson acting like the Klay Thompson we’re used to seeing, it will be extremely difficult for them to win another NBA title, Daniels said to Rick Kamla on the SiriusXM NBA Radio.
The idea that Klay Thompson wasn’t exactly at his best during their 2022 championship run is one that Antonio Daniels is aware of. The Warriors’ current lineup, however, is considerably different from the one that won the title two seasons ago. Jordan Poole, who was in good shape, and Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica, two veterans who played winning basketball, were on that team. However, there are concerns about this Warriors team’s depth and the readiness of Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody to advance in their careers.
“I’m not denying that it could occur. My opinion of the Golden State Warriors now is different than it was a year or two ago, and I’m simply suggesting that their window for championship success is diminishing,” Daniels continued.
Pundits have questioned Stephen Curry and the Warriors’ potential to capture a title in the past. Similar worries were raised by analysts before to the 2021–22 season. The Warriors must now force them to retract their statements.