Warriors' Odds to Win the 2020 NBA Championship After Losing Kevin Durant Remain High

Max Staley
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The Golden State Warriors have had a tough recent stretch. The team lost Klay Thompson to an ACL tear, Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins to free agency, and traded Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Even after all these losses, the Warriors managed to save face by acquiring D'Angelo Russell via sign and trade from the Brooklyn Nets. Though Russell's fit with the team is questionable, the Warriors are still firmly in championship contention, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Golden State currently has the fifth-best odds to win the 2020 NBA Finals, still ahead of Western Conference contenders like the Houston Rockets (+1400) and the Utah Jazz (+1600).

While this may seem high for a team that lost three former All-Stars, there's certainly still reason for optimism. Mainstays like Stephen Curry and Draymond Green are still with the team, and Klay could return toward the end of the season.

Additionally, there's some speculation that Russell could be moved when and if Klay returns. Considering Russell is a bit redundant with Curry and Klay, he could be traded for a more natural fit (i.e., a big man) at mid-season.

While the Warriors likely won't be the juggernauts they once were, it's a little early to rule out NBA legends like Curry (a two-time NBA MVP) and Green (a former Defensive Player of the Year).

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