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GSW: Patrick McCaw Will Be Key Role Player for Warriors

TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK – AUGUST 07: Patrick McCaw #0 of the Golden State Warriors poses for a portrait during the 2016 NBA Rookie Photoshoot at Madison Square Garden Training Center on August 7, 2016 in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

In the 2016 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors acquired draft rights to Patrick McCaw out of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and at the time, it was an under-the-radar type of move.

Patrick McCaw, the 21 year-old shooting guard, was originally selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 38th pick, so the fact that the Warriors acquired him wasn’t exactly earth-shattering news.

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GSW: Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry’s Impact After Kevin Durant’s Injury

Apr 24, 2017; Portland, OR, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Kevin Durant (35) look on from the court in the first half of game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors’ quest for another championship this season was almost derailed on February 28th when Kevin Durant suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise. This ended up being one of the biggest blessings in disguise for Stephen Curry and the Warriors this season.

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GSW: Warriors’ Steve Kerr Faces Physical and Emotional Test

Mar 11, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr watches from the sidelines during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors emphatically swept the Portland Trail Blazers in their first round playoff series, despite facing health concerns throughout the series involving head coach Steve Kerr and injuries to players such as Kevin Durant (left calf strain), Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain), and Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain and hand contusion).

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GSW: Golden State Warriors Channel 2012 San Francisco Giants in Comeback

May 30, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center, and teammates celebrate after game seven of the Western conference finals of the NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Thunder 96-88. Mandatory Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez-Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

May 30, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center, and teammates celebrate after game seven of the Western conference finals of the NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Thunder 96-88. Mandatory Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez-Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

In the 2015-16 NBA season, the Golden State Warriors faced a juxtaposition of theories. Some fans and NBA analysts believed that the Warriors winning the 2015 NBA Finals was a fluke and that they wouldn’t be able to repeat the success they had in the 2015-16 season, especially since winning back-to-back titles in the NBA is near impossible. Other fans and analysts believed that after the Warriors won an NBA record 73 games in the 2015-16 regular season, they were the clear favorites to win the 2016 NBA Finals.

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GSW: Golden State Warriors vs. The Field: Looking at Potential First-Round Opponents

December 23, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles the basketball against Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20, left) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

December 23, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles the basketball against Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20, left) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors have already secured the top seed throughout the playoffs, but their first round opponent is unknown right now, as the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets each have one more game to play in order to determine who will earn the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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GSW: Golden State Warriors: Joe Lacob Says Right Things in Wrong Way

Jun 19, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob during the Golden State Warriors 2015 championship celebration at the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 19, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob during the Golden State Warriors 2015 championship celebration at the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

When Joe Lacob and Peter Guber bought the Golden State Warriors in July 2010, it marked a key moment in the team’s history.

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GSW: Draymond Green’s All Star Bid Would Mark Change In NBA Philosophy

December 25, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates in the fourth quarter of a NBA basketball game on Christmas against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 89-83.  Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

December 25, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates in the fourth quarter of a NBA basketball game on Christmas against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 89-83. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Based on the latest returns of votes, Draymond Green could be a Western Conference starter in the frontcourt at the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.

Starters for the All-Star Game won’t be announced until January 21st, but if the voting continues to follow the current trend, Green would start alongside teammate Stephen Curry in addition to Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant for the Western Conference. The Warriors’ starting power forward currently has a slim lead over Kawhi Leonard and Blake Griffin in the race for a starting spot in the West’s frontcourt.

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