In 2019 the Golden State Warriors were appearing in their 5th straight NBA Finals looking for their third NBA Championship in a row, but injuries to key players left them not only without the title, but for the first time in many years, doubts about their ability to win another title.
The 2019 summer was big for the Warriors, their two-time finals MVP Kevin Durant, not only tore his ACL in the NBA Finals, but was also looking to leave the team as a free agent, and he did as he chose to move to the Brooklyn Nets, but at the final minute.
The Warriors front office sealed a game-changing sign and trade which secured them, D'Angelo Russell, in return for Kevin Durant, whilst 2015 finals MVP Andre Iguodala also departed for the Miami Heat before returning last year.
The Warriors also had the 28th pick in the draft, and picked a guard from Michigan, Jordan Poole, and was described by some experts as a poor pick as they didn’t see the potential there for him to be selected in the first round.
This was seen as a move in a different direction, removing some of the core that has led them their massive success, with Draymond Green, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, who had just tore his ACL, the only remnants of their five straight finals run.
The 2019/20 seasons couldn’t have been worse for the Warriors, with Thompson already out for the season, but Curry broke his hand early in the season, derailing their season even before it had begun and by the end of the season they were left with the worst record in the league, going 15-50.