Wins haven't been easy to come by for the Warriors this season. It looks like it won't be any easier for Golden State after the All-Star break, either.
Odds Shark's Joe Osborne took a look at the remaining strength of schedule for all 30 NBA teams, and it doesn't look good for the Dubs. The Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies are the only two teams with harder schedules the rest of the way.
NBA strength of schedule for the remainder of the season (easiest to hardest).— Joe Osborne (@JTFOz) February 18, 2020
The Pelicans should be able to push for a playoff spot while the 76ers could improve their spot in the East if they can figure out how to win on the road (25-2 at home, 9-19 on the road). pic.twitter.com/npje4exQJN
The Warriors, at 12-43, have the worst record in the NBA. They lost just 49 regular-season games combined the last two seasons, but this is a much different team. Kevin Durant is gone. Steph Curry has only played four games. And Klay Thompson likely won't play at all this season as he rehabs a torn ACL.
That doesn't even include the departure of veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
There's a silver lining to this season full of losses, though. The Warriors have lost four straight games and are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks for the worst record in the NBA. This only increases their chances of landing a top pick in the draft.
Though this year's draft is considered far worse than 2021, a top-five draft pick always is a great asset. Golden State could use it in a trade or select a top prospect like center James Wiseman, guard Anthony Edwards, guard LaMelo Ball or big man Deni Avdija.
The Warriors still are in the business of wins and refuse to acknowledge anything otherwise. But they clearly look like they're on the path to a top draft pick, and that only can help them reload for another championship run next season.