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Draymond believes the key to the Warriors' success lies in finding a new identity

Draymond believes the key to the Warriors' success is finding a new identity. Originally published on NBC Sports Bay Area

After a disappointing end to the 2023-24 NBA season, Draymond Green believes the Warriors must find a new identity to become contenders again.

Speaking to veteran NBA player Danny Green on the “Draymond Green Show,” Draymond was asked what changes the team needed to make to get back on track to success.

“I think it's going to be very important for us to define who we're going to be,” Draymond explained. “We're changing, like you said, we're getting older. We're not the same basketball team we were in 2019 or even 2022.”

“It's changing and we're adapting to that change, which is great. I think Steve [Kerr] does an incredible job of getting more open to Jonathan Kuminga having the ball more or Kuminga being in the pick and roll and running some isos for Kuminga. It takes a while to get used to when you're as successful as we've been with what we've done.”

Golden State has struggled with inconsistent play in the 2023-2024 NBA season. Draymond's suspension and injuries played a big role in the Warriors failing to make the playoffs. With Golden State's core of Draymond, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson all nearing the end of their NBA careers, it will be crucial for the franchise to figure out how to incorporate players like Kuminga and other young players to become relevant again.

There remains some uncertainty over whether Thompson will remain with the Warriors as both sides negotiate a contract extension, but Golden State is expected to try to keep him.

Given the depth of the Western Conference, Golden State will need to see major strides from its younger players this offseason. The days of the Warriors being able to rely solely on the superstar performances of Curry, Thompson and Draymond are over. Finding a new identity this offseason will be key to the Warriors' return to relevance.

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