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Should healthy Warriors be considered title contenders next season?

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Some of the best, and let's be honest, worst, conversations regarding the Warriors reside on social media.

Strong voices and opinions of Dub Nation defend or criticize their squad, not afraid to share their thoughts with absolute authority. Many of these personalities live on Twitter, where everyone can be a general manager, coach, critic, troll and hot-taker. 

In the second installment of our Warriors Twitter Roundtable, we will share a five-part series of questions designed to touch on the major conversations floating around the Warriors Twitter world. Answering the questions will be a panel of some of the more prominent and revered voices within the community.

Part 1 had our panel name the five best players in the NBA. Here is Part 2.

With Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins completely healthy, should the Warriors go into next season considered "contenders"?

@poormanscommish: I think Game 6 of the 2019 Western Conference Semifinals at the Houston Rockets, as well as the two series after that, proved the Warriors could do some damage without Kevin Durant. So even though the word “contenders” is subjective, I’ll just go ahead and say yes -- and it’s a “HECK YEAH!” if Kevon Looney is healthy, which I realize is a big “if”.

Here’s another guess: All the Warriors guys also feel that way, but they won’t ever publicly say that, so as to not throw KD under the bus (standard NBA fraternity stuff).

 

@samesfandiari: It depends who they sign around them. I feel confident saying they have the right foundation to be competitive, but they lack a full roster. If they sign two to three solid veterans, say Marc Gasol, I feel very comfortable at their chances vs. the LA teams or Milwaukee.

But until then, it's to be determined -- great foundation, close, but a few unknowns.

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@Jannelle12: Yes, they should. Otherwise, why bother? Health is one thing. Them being rested is a given. What I'm looking at is motivation and after a lost season, they are very motivated.

Don't you think Steph has seen the disrespect? Klay? Draymond? They will be driven to return to contention, and I wouldn't bet against it. 

@AndyKHLiu: It depends what contenders mean. Can the Warriors win the title? Yes. Are they assured a Western Conference Finals appearance? Maybe.

It also depends how Joe Lacob and the front office creates around the margins. Let's say they don't bring anyone in better than the top four players. How much depth can they create? How do they judge risk on bringing in vets vs. high-risk talent/luxury tax players? 

Something tells me the Warriors do something crazy instead of sitting idly by and picking up safe veterans. The D'Angelo Russell and Andrew Wiggins trades tell us that the Warriors are willing to try off-the-wall ideas even during a pandemic. 

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@GSWReddit: The Warriors should be considered contenders next season, although they will have some major depth concerns they are going to need to address this offseason, and they definitely shouldn’t be considered the clear-cut favorites or close to it by any means. Teams like the Lakers and Clippers have significantly more depth alongside their star power and will probably be closer to a title.

The Warriors will have to try to bridge the gap in that department to be on more level terms, but with the core four they already have in place, they will be among the best teams in the league for sure.

My take (@grantliffmann): If the definition of a contender is a team's ability to contend for a title, then how can you count out Curry, Thompson and Green?

Health is the biggest factor in all of this. If a contender is defined by a team that has a great chance of winning the title, then the Warriors definitely will need roster upgrades with limited resources. Adding the right pieces on the trade exception and MLE, as well as through the NBA draft (including perhaps trading the pick), would give the Warriors a legitimate shot at being in the upper echelon of the teams with the best odds of winning the title.

 

Pretty impressive for a squad that was the worst team in the league just one year prior.