Armstrong: You Can't Be Mad About Warriors

Golden State is a juggernaut, yes, but the core of the team was assembled through the draft

Reiter Than You
July 12, 2018 - 8:57 am

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The Golden State Warriors have won three of the last four NBA titles, and they’re a Vegas favorite to make it four out of five.

They’re a great team, yes, but are they great for the league?

B.J. Armstrong says yes.

“They’ve just done everything right, and it started with them in the draft,” the former NBA player and current NBA agent said on Reiter Than You. “If you want to have a great team and you want to be able to sustain it over a length of time, you have to do it through the draft. Let’s start with what they did with Steph Curry. They drafted him. They drafted Klay Thompson, and then they draft Draymond Green in the second round. So they’ve done an incredible job of drafting. That’s the core of their group, the core of their team, and then they went out and added Kevin Durant, who’s clearly – let’s just be conservative – a top-five player in this league.

“So when you have players that you’re able to draft and identify and bring into the organization as rookies, it gives you an ability to have this over a length of time,” Armstrong continued. “Now they are benefitting form what they’ve done, the work they’ve done in evaluating talent. So you can’t be upset about it. It’s not like they went out and assembled this team just through free agency or what have you. They actually built this, developed it, nurtured it and now they’re able to reap the benefits. So I applaud what they’ve done.”

Curry was the only member of their original Big Three drafted in the top 10. He went seventh in 2009 – one spot behind Syracuse’s Jonny Flynn.

“You have to applaud them and what they’ve done,” Armstrong said. “They’ve done a terrific job and now the rest of the league is going to have to catch up.”