The Golden State Warriors had a very different season in 2020-21. It started off poorly when Klay Thompson suffered his second straight season-ending injury before the season even started. It was not the way the franchise wanted to start the season after they finished at the bottom of the standings.
The Warriors added the second pick in the draft, James Wiseman to a squad that was always going to be competitive with a healthy Stephen Curry in it. The two-time MVP did not let his team or the fans down, helping lead the Warriors to the play-in tournament by leading the NBA in scoring.
Thanks to the Thompson injury, the Warriors went out and tried to get a defender who could replace the talents of Thompson for the season. They settled on Kelly Oubre Jr. who struggled to do much of anything on offense with the exception of dunking early on.
The Golden State Warriors had a decent spread on offense
Without Thompson, the Warriors had no true second option. They had Andrew Wiggins who averaged 18.6 points per game and Oubre who averaged 15.4 points per game. Only two other players were able to average above 10.0 points per game, Jordan Poole and Wiseman.
The Warriors have no room to move with their salary cap thanks to the hefty contracts of Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green, and Wiggins. They have just under $170 million in committed salary. This means that they can only make some small moves around the edges which is an issue for a team that did not make the playoffs and have no guarantee how well Thompson will play on his return.