The Warriors have become accustomed to their season ending in June, but not quite like this.
The NBA's Board of Governors approved commissioner Adam Silver's return-to-play plan Thursday, and 22 teams will participate in the resumption of the season at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
The NBA Board of Governors today approved a competitive format to restart the 2019-20 season with 22 teams returning to play and a tentative start date of Friday, July 31.— NBA (@NBA) June 4, 2020
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A disappointing season for the Warriors, which was paused on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, officially comes an end with a league-worst 15-50 record.
With Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson out for the season due to a torn ACL, the Warriors were hoping Steph Curry, Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell could lead the franchise back to the NBA playoffs for an eighth straight year.
But Curry suffered a broken left hand in the fourth game of the season, and the Warriors went into a tailspin. By the time the calendar flipped from 2019 to 2020, the Warriors were 9-26.
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While Russell averaged a career-high 23.6 points in 33 games for the Warriors, it became clear that he wasn't a fit in coach Steve Kerr's system. So at the NBA trade deadline in February, general manager Bob Myers traded the All-Star point guard, Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 first-round draft pick and a 2021 second-round draft pick.
After appearing in five straight NBA Finals and winning three NBA championships with a veteran-laden roster, Kerr was running several rookies out on a nightly basis.
One of the few bright spots for the Warriors this season was the emergence of 2019 second-round draft pick Eric Paschall. The No. 41 overall pick averaged 14.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 60 games.
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Now that their season is over, the Warriors can officially turn their attention to the 2020 NBA Draft and free agency in the offseason. Golden State is expected to have a top-5 draft pick, and we'll find out shortly after the season whether they plan to keep the pick or trade it for an established NBA star.
NBA teams are used to four to six months off between seasons, but the Warriors will go nine months between games, with the 2020-21 season expected to start in December.