You know the Golden State Warriors are in a bad place when the Chicago Bulls broadcast is roasting them.
The 2020-21 NBA season was supposed to be the Golden State Warriors‘ return to greatness. With point guard Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson returning to full health, the expectation was that the Warriors would be a playoff contender throughout the campaign. Those predictions ended after Thompson suffered a torn Achilles during a pickup game on NBA Draft night, forcing the Warriors to scramble for help.
Golden State had Andrew Wiggins and acquired Kelly Oubre Jr. from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Were they solutions so far. Well, no. In fact, they’ve been so underwhelming, that the Chicago Bulls broadcast team (NBC Sports Chicago) roasted them during their matchup on Sunday.
“Replacing Klay with Bricks”
You know the Warriors have reached rock bottom when the Bulls begin making fun of them. But we will admit, “replacing Klay with Bricks” is a clever tagline.
The Warriors acquired Wiggins last season in hopes of adding to the core of Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green. In fact, Golden State agreed to take on Wiggins, who is in the third year of his five-year, $147.7 max contract. Through the first two games of the season, Wiggins has averaged 12.5 points and 4.0 rebounds, but has a 29.4 field goal percentage and a 20.0 three-point percentage to his credit.
As for Oubre, the Warriors agreed to a trade with the Thunder days after learning Thompson would miss the entirety of the season. As it turns out, Oubre has performed even worse than Wiggins. Oubre has averaged 4.5. points and 6.0 rebounds through Golden State’s first two games against the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, while shooting 16.7-percent from the field and zero-percent from beyond the arc.
Head coach Steve Kerr has learned quickly that replacing Klay Thompson is no easy feat. But, there’s still time for both Wiggins and Oubre to turn things around. Until then, expect the jokes to continue being thrown Golden State’s way.