New Acquired Cleveland Cavalier and former Golden State Warrior Baron Davis has been playing rather well for his new team so far. While Baron is on the floor the offense runs more smoothly, they spread the floor and get out in transition, the team looks more fluid and less inept. And although the Cavs will have to wait till next year for Davis to bring his team success, when asked about his tenure with the Warriors, he's left to wonder what might have been.â†µ
In those glory years at Golden State, Baron was the maestro of the team, how he ebbed and flowed was directly correlated to the success of the Warriors. Another key to their success was Jason RIchardson, who the Warriors traded in the summer of 2007. When recently asked by Warriors beat writer Marcus Thompson II, Baron felt that that team could compete at the highest level if they would have kept the band together. Here's Thompson's tweet:â†µ
Baron & Monta sad if the Warriros didn't trade @jrich23 they'd have won a title by now, or at least been in hunt for one. Agree?â†µ
It seems like it might have been something that could happen, but it's a tough call. I did a little research and dug up a piece from May of 2008 by San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami about this very question, what if the Warriors kept Richardson? It's a compelling query, and one that leaves me on the fence. If I had to lean one way or the other, I'd say that the Warriors might have made the playoffs, but probably wouldn't have got into the Western Conference finals let alone the NBA finals. But thats just one person's opinion. What do you think?