Paul Pierce Makes Bold Prediction About Golden State Warriors’ Chances at an NBA Championship

Published 03/15/2021, 11:53 PM EDT
Feb 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kent Bazemore (26) and forward Juan Toscano-Anderson (95) and guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Draymond Green (23) during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


There is a big question mark about the Golden State Warriors’ chances of even making it to the playoffs this season, let alone to a title. Standing ninth in the Western Conference with a 20-19 record doesn’t look bad, but the team has struggled to keep wins coming and has had major trouble being consistent.

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It’s been clearer than ever that Steph Curry can only take the team so far, and Klay Thompson’s absence couldn’t be more evident. However, with a trade deadline coming up, the Warriors seem to be active in trying to bag a third lead scorer for themselves. Most rumors are indicating their interest in Houston Rockets‘ Victor Oladipo.

Are the Warriors a lost cause?

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The Warriors think that adding another great player to their roster will solve their issues. But that’s not what Paul Pierce believes, and he has made a prediction of his own. Pierce explained that while it seems like they have a window to a title since they have a “superstar player, a generational player,” that’s not the case.

“If you make these types of moves like trading for Oladipo, does that really make you better,” Pierce questioned. “Does that really say, ‘Oh! the Warriors are a threat.’ No, it doesn’t. It just puts you in the same position you were in yesterday.”

Feb 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Draymond Green (23) during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Paul gave a solution to the problem and stated, “So, if there is not a trade out there, you wait till Klay comes back next year, you see what’s out there in the open market for trade bait or free agency. Or see what you can create with your draft picks and go from there. Listen, their window is closed because there isn’t a trade out there. It’s not going to happen. As these other teams get better across the team, Phoenix, Utah… I think that there is a strong possibility that they can’t win another title because they need another player that’s not available and won’t be available.”

Will a Victor Oladipo trade help?

First of all, the Warriors will not get a shot to acquire Oladipo in free agency because they are capped out. The Warriors need someone who can score alongside Andrew Wiggins when Stephen Curry is out.

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Adding Oladipo will certainly give them that third scorer, but will he be able to fit with Curry? That’s the million-dollar question. If he joins the Warriors, he will take the two-guard position and will go back to three once Klay Thompson makes his comeback.

Bringing Oladipo in comes with both pros and cons. What should the Warriors do in this scenario?

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Read also- Former NBA Champion Warns Warriors Organization that Steph Curry Might Join LeBron James’ Lakers

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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