Kendrick Perkins has said inflammatory things about the Warriors and their stars in the past, which has made some Warriors fans skeptical of his views on the team. However, at the end of the day, Perkins has much respect for the Golden State teams of this past decade. He said as much on the latest episode of the "Dubs Talk" podcast.
But does Perkins believe the current team's championship window still is open?
"Absolutely," Perkins said. "You cannot count out Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. They have proven it to us time and time again."
Perkins was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers team that lost to the Warriors in the NBA Finals, so he has seen firsthand what that trio is able to accomplish when healthy. The three stars combined to go to seven straight postseasons, as well as five straight NBA Finals.
To get back to that level, Perkins understands that they will need some help to get there, and he believes the Warriors might be very close to that roster already.
"Andrew Wiggins continues to develop, and continues to get better," Perkins said, "And with Klay coming back next year, and hopefully James Wiseman continues to get better, and look, you add a few pieces off the bench, it doesn't have to be that much -- just add a few pieces -- and they are right back in the thick of things."
The Warriors currently have guaranteed, and non-guaranteed deals with 11 players on the current roster, including the likes of Curry, Thompson, Green, Wiggins, Wiseman, Eric Paschall, Damion Lee and Kevon Looney. They also have a very valuable asset in the top-3 protected draft pick belonging to the Minnesota Timberwolves, that could net another young future star.
While there will be question marks about Thompson's return to his old self following two major injuries, the Warriors' window to compete for titles can still be open.