Warriors biggest threat to Lakers, Kellerman and Perkins say


Who is the biggest threat to the Lakers winning back-to-back NBA championships?

Max Kellerman and Kendrick Perkins answered that question Wednesday morning on ESPN's "First Take" show, and they agree it is the Warriors.

"Let's assume that Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson) return as most of what they are. That is a great backcourt -- an MVP caliber player, and the best pure shooter maybe ever who can also do other things in Klay," Kellerman explained. "They do have (Andrew) Wiggins, who is a better defensive player with them that he had been in the past.

"(Eric) Paschall is a promising young player. And (they have) lots of draft capital. I expect the Warriors to make a move and I think it will be a big one to bring in a major piece to supplement what they already have."

After Domonique Foxworth explained why he believes in the Brooklyn Nets, Perkins weighed in.

"Those two light-skinned brothers in the Bay Area -- Steph Curry (is) gonna come back and tear the league up," he said. "You're talking about a generational talent that changed the game of basketball, and doesn't rely on athleticism.

"Klay Thompson -- yes I know he had an ACL injury -- but that's not gonna stop him. He's had more than enough time to recover (and) get healthy. We know what type of sniper that he is."


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Perkins also expects big things from Draymond Green (who he called "the heart and soul of that team"), explained how Wiggins will thrive with lowered expectations, and reminded people not to sleep on Kevon Looney.

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As for Kellerman eluding to a "big move" by the front office this offseason, the Warriors have the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft and a valuable 2021 top-three protected first-rounder from the Minnesota Timberwolves at their disposal.

But if a blockbuster trade does not materialize, president of basketball operations Bob Myers has a $17.2 million traded player exception and the $6 million-ish taxpayer mid-level exception to improve the roster.

"They don't have to make a monster move in free agency or a monster trade to get back (to title contention)," Perkins added.

The reality is that it's too early to make any sort of declarations about what will happen next season. But Dub Nation must be loving what they are hearing from a lot of people who get paid to express their opinions on TV.

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