The Golden State Warriors have recently not been the team that has dominated the league over the past few years. The Dubs are 16-9 to start the new campaign, and by their very high standards, they have been one of the biggest underperformers of the season thus far.
While the team’s core remains intact, the Warriors have recently parted ways with a number of key players who had helped them lift the trophy in three of the past four seasons.
As it turns out, superstar guard Stephen Curry has reportedly identified David West as the one player the team misses most:
On the Warriors broadcast, Dell Curry just said that Steph Curry told him that the player the Warriors absolutely miss the most is David West
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) December 4, 2018
West spent the past two seasons with the Warriors and played a pivotal role in the team’s back-to-back title run. The 37-year-old announced his retirement from the NBA this past summer, and it seems that Curry and co. have been having some regrets about West’s decision to hang up his boots.
In his two seasons in Oakland, West averaged only 5.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.9 blocks in just 13.1 minutes of action. He was definitely a shadow of his former All-Star self, but his contributions for the team went far beyond the box scores. West was a vocal leader, and his wealth of experience was an invaluable asset for Golden State.
Nevertheless, there are no shortage of leaders on the current Warriors team. West has and will continue to be missed, but the Warriors will be fine without him. The team is currently in a rut, but it’s only a matter of time before the defending champs get their groove back.