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Patrick McCaw shares his feelings about facing Warriors in NBA Finals

Patrick McCaw shares his feelings about facing Warriors in NBA Finals

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday at 4 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

The Warriors wanted Patrick McCaw to be a part of their present and future. But he had other plans.

Back in late December, the guard got his wish -- to leave Golden State -- when the Dubs declined to match the offer sheet he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavs waived him before his contract for the rest of the season became guaranteed, and McCaw ultimately signed with the Toronto Raptors.

And now, his opponent in the NBA Finals is the team that paid the Milwaukee Bucks $2.4 million for his draft rights back in 2016.

“I know it’s an unbelievable feeling,” McCaw told Ryan Wolstat of The Toronto Sun after the Raptors beat the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night.  “The odds, you know, right? Just everything I went through this whole year. People trying to figure out what’s going on with me.

"So, it’s unbelievable to know that I get to play against my former team in the NBA Finals. You can’t script that, so I’m ready.”

As a rookie with the Dubs, McCaw appeared in 71 games (20 starts) and averaged 4.0 points per contest. Then, in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Spurs, he racked up 18 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals. In Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Cavs, he made a couple of big buckets late in the third quarter.

It appeared Golden State found a steal in a second-round pick who would be with the franchise for years to come. But things went south in Year 2, and McCaw wanted a fresh start elsewhere.

"I loved playing in Golden State. My teammates, the coaches, it was nothing really … nothing stands out to me to say I didn’t want to go back," he told The Athletic on Dec. 31. "Think it was just a personal thing where I was just like, I think it was time for me to move on for a new opportunity within myself.

"Nothing against Golden State, front office, coaches, players, the environment, it had nothing to do with any of that. ... I just wanted to move on."

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And now his new squad has the chance to deny the Warriors a three-peat. 

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Warriors’ NBA draft lottery picks since 1990, ranked from worst to best

Warriors’ NBA draft lottery picks since 1990, ranked from worst to best

It's been a while since the Warriors had an NBA draft pick in the lottery.

But due to Kevin Durant's departure and injuries to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors own the worst record in the NBA and will have one of the top picks in the 2020 draft.

Before general manager Bob Myers and the Warriors' front office add a top talent to the roster, let's look back at all the lottery picks the franchise has made since 1990.

From Tyrone Hill in 1990 to Harrison Barnes in 2012, here are the Warriors' last 17 lottery picks ranked from worst to best.

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Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

In light of the coronavirus outbreak putting all American sports on an indefinite pause, hot takes have become the topic du jour for fans relegated to their homes.

While joining “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young was pressed on the many comparisons the young point guard draws to Warriors star Steph Curry.

On the subject of taking over Curry’s title as the NBA’s most feared shooter, Young doesn’t think it will be long before he overtakes Steph.

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It’s hard to take any stock in this statement given how much Shaq pressed the 21-year-old to answer.

But Young’s talent is unmistakable, and there’s a chance we’ll see Young resetting the record books one day the way Curry has throughout his 11 years in the NBA.

A year though? I’d imagine Curry and his teammates would disagree with that timeline.