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How Klay Thompson not making an All-NBA team saves the Warriors money

How Klay Thompson not making an All-NBA team saves the Warriors money

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It is now officially official.

Klay Thompson is not eligible to sign a "supermax" extension with the Warriors this summer because the shooting guard did not make an All-NBA team (the same goes for Draymond Green).

The six guards that finished ahead of the five-time All-Star:

First Team:
-Steph Curry
-James Harden

Second Team:
-Damian Lillard
-Kyrie Irving

Third Team:
-Kemba Walker
-Russell Westbrook

If Klay made one of the squads, Golden State could have offered him a contract worth about $221 million over five years.

Now, the biggest contract he can sign in July is for about $190 million over five years (assuming a projected salary cap of $109 million).

Klay -- who made an All-Defensive team for the first time in his career on Wednesday -- is expected to demand the full $190 million max in free agency.

His father, Mychal, has repeatedly said there is no reason for the two sides to even negotiate.

Golden State owner/CEO Joe Lacob has made it very clear that the Warriors can basically do whatever they want financially and intend to pay Klay what he deserves.

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The Warriors have been in the luxury tax three of the last four seasons (including this year), which means they will face "repeater tax" penalties starting in 2019-20.

Although the franchise is worth an estimated $3.5 billion and the team will be practically printing money at Chase Center, the All-NBA voters saved the Warriors tens of millions of dollars annually by not rewarding Klay.

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Ron Adams pinpoints where Warriors need to improve most on defense

Ron Adams pinpoints where Warriors need to improve most on defense

Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams no longer sits on the bench during games, but he still has a very important job.

The 72-year-old is a defensive guru, so it must be painful for him to see Golden State ranked 25th in defensive rating.

"We gotta get much better defending the 3-point shot -- that's kind of been a sticking point," Adams told Warriors radio voice Tim Roye prior to the Dubs' loss to the Grizzlies on Monday night. "But we now have more players, which helps.

"But it's really tough when you're on the road with eight or nine guys."

Well, speaking of defending the arc and losing to Memphis -- the Grizzlies went 15-for-40 (37.5 percent) from deep Monday. They entered the game shooting 34.2 percent (24th in the NBA), averaging 10.8 makes per game (No. 22).

But it wasn't a surprise to see Memphis connect from 3-point territory because the Warriors entered the matchup with the worst 3-point defense in the NBA, allowing opponents to make just under 40 percent of their attempts.

That's really, really bad -- especially when you give up the second most makes per contest (13.8).

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And it's not like the Dubs suffered bad luck against Memphis.

If they don't clean up this area of the game, the Warriors' rough season only will get uglier.

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How Warriors' standings position affects 2020 NBA Draft Lottery odds

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How Warriors' standings position affects 2020 NBA Draft Lottery odds

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area an hour after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observations on the State of the Dubs.

The big dilemma that Warriors fans are facing right now is whether or not they want to see the team win for immediate satisfaction, or lose for the purpose of long-term success.

To many, the pros outweigh the cons to see the Warriors finish at the bottom of the standings in order to get a high -- if not the highest -- draft pick. With one of the top selections, the Warriors could trade for a star player or draft a prospect who they think will carry them into the next decade once Steph Curry and the current core retire.

Unlike baseball or football, the 14 teams that miss the playoffs take part in a draft lottery, rather than picking strictly based on the worst to best record. After some changes to the lottery structure beginning in last year's draft, the worst record in the NBA no longer solely has the best odds to win the No. 1 pick. The odds to land the top slot goes as follows:

Worst record: 14 percent
Second-worst record: 14 percent
Third-worst: 14 percent
Fourth-worst: 12.5 percent
Fifth-worst: 10.5 percent
Sixth-worst: 9 percent
Seventh-worst: 7.5 percent
Eighth-worst: 6 percent
Ninth-worst: 4.5 percent
10th-worst: 3 percent
11th-worst: 2 percent
12th-worst: 1.5 percent
13th-worst: 1 percent
14th-worst: 0.5 percent

Finishing with the fourth-, fifth- or sixth-worst sill has solid odds in comparison to the bottom three. It's very possible that's where the Warriors (5-20) end up, despite currently owning the NBA's second-worst record. 

The New York Knicks (4-19) and Cleveland Cavaliers (5-18) continue to struggle, while the Atlanta Hawks (6-17) and Memphis Grizzlies (7-16) both will finish at the bottom of the standings despite boasting a lot of young talent. The Washington Wizards (7-15), Chicago Bulls (8-17) and Zion Williamson-less New Orleans Pelicans (6-18) have all underwhelmed, and the Warriors are going to be in this mix if their slow start is any indication.

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The Warriors are getting healthier, however, which should help them compete and potentially even surprise a few teams. While that might disappoint the fans that desperately want the team to finish with the best odds at the top pick, plenty are looking for entertainment and competitive basketball should be encouraged.

But at the end of the season, the Warriors likely are going to finish at, or near, the bottom of the standings, and their odds of landing the top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft will be high.