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How Gary Payton thinks Warriors should handle brutal losing season

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How Gary Payton thinks Warriors should handle brutal losing season

It's been a brutal season for the Warriors, there are no two ways to cut it.

The five-time defending Western Conference champions currently reside at the bottom of the NBA and have their eyes fixed on the 2020 NBA Draft. Everything that could go wrong for the Warriors has, but things aren't all doom and gloom.

There's still some stuff the Dubs can take form their trip to the cellar, according to NBA legend Gary Payton.

"This year is gone," Payton said on the latest "Runnin' Plays Podcast." "I wouldn't bring Steph back. I wouldn't bring Klay back. ... Draymond Green I would basically let him play every other game. Leave it up to him. What they are doing now is they are finding some diamonds in the rough. [Eric] Paschall is is a diamond in the rough. You didn't know he was going to be that good. You wouldn't even know he was that good if these guys were there because he wouldn't have had a chance. 

"This you're going to be in the lottery. Go pick somebody. Go get you a good basketball player coming out of college and try to work it. You're going to come back because you are going to get these guys back. Looney's going to be healthy, you're going to have some pieces to work with. You're going to get back to who you are next year. You might not be a championship team but you are going to get back. Just ride it out.

"You take it. You ride with it. The fans don't have nothing there yet. They are surviving, It's a lot of young kids that's playing hard," Payton continued. "At the most, they'll win 17, 18 games and you call it a wash. You get all you guys back. You become that Golden State Warrior team again, with some new life, some young legs, with a good pick and then you ride it out from there."

Sage advice.

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The Warriors are going to take their lumps this season, but expect next year to look a whole lot different.

Why Gary Payton believes Warriors' Steph Curry isn't true point guard

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Why Gary Payton believes Warriors' Steph Curry isn't true point guard

You might think of Steph Curry as a point guard.

After all, he's short, brings the ball up the court sometimes and appears on the far left of those nifty starting lineup graphics prior to tip-off with PG next to his name.

But in this age of run-and-gun positionless basketball, is Curry really a point guard? Not if you ask Gary Payton.

In fact, the nine-time NBA All-Star believes there only are two true point guards left in The Association.

"That's a question that is kind of difficult for old people," Payton told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock and Kerith Burke on the "Runnin' Plays Podcast" when asked about the best point guards in today's game. "You look at Stephen Curry. You put him as a point guard. He's not a point guard. He's a two-guard. You look at [Russell] Westbrook. He's not a point guard. He's a two-guard. You look at James Harden. He's not a point guard, he's a two-guard.

"To me, there are only two guards in this league that are true point guards. That's [Rajon] Rondo and Chris Paul. 

"Now, Chris Paul has turned into a shooting guard more, but Rondo is a true point guard," Payton continued. "He looks first to get people off. He does his defense and he makes people better around him. Not, let me score 30. Not, let me shoot a jump shot first. He's not doing that ... If we name a lot of point guards that's right now in this NBA, they are not point guards."

At least Harden can finally be in the same category as Steph, right?

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While Steph might not be the prototypical point guard in the old-fashioned sense, there's no doubt he'll one day be enshrined in Springfield, Mass., as one of the greatest scoring guards in NBA history.

In any era, that's pretty, pretty good.

Kevin Durant passes Oakland's Gary Payton on NBA all-time scoring list

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Kevin Durant passes Oakland's Gary Payton on NBA all-time scoring list

For the second straight game, Kevin Durant has passed a Hall of Famer on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

With two free throws at the 4:52 mark in the second quarter on Wednesday night in Utah, Durant dropped in his 21,813th and 21,814th points, tying and passing Oakland native Gary Payton for 32nd place on the all-time list.

Payton was born in Oakland and attended Skyline High School.

On Monday against Memphis, Durant passed Celtics icon Larry Bird.

Next up on the list? Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler, who sits at 22,195 career points.

Considering that Durant has a soft spot in his heart for all things Seattle, passing Payton surely means a lot to him.