2018-19 Season Preview: Golden State Warriors

Warrios star guard Steph Curry was injured in last week's home loss to the Bucks.

Coach: Steve Kerr (entering his fifth season, 265-63, .808).

Last Season: 58-24, won NBA Finals vs. Cleveland, 4-0.

Key Returnees: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Shawn Livingston, Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell, Patrick McCaw, Quinn Cook.

Key Additions: DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans), Jonas Jerebko (Utah), Tyler Ulis (Phoenix), Jacob Evans (rookie, Cincinnati).

Key Losses: JaVale McGee (LA Lakers), Zaza Pachulia (Detroit), Nick Young (free agent), David West (retired).

Outlook: The Warriors have the most difficult act in The Association to follow — their own. Having won back-to-back NBA championships and three in the last four seasons, Golden State has firmly established itself atop the mountain, a perch from where it continues to kick any and all challengers to the bottom. All of that having been said, the Warriors were quite possibly only a pulled hamstring away from being catapulted off their lofty perch in the Western Conference Finals. When Chris Paul of Houston suffered an injured right hamstring in the final minute of a Game 5 win to give the Rockets a 3-2 lead in the series, many believe it saved Golden State from being eliminated. What did the Warriors do to make sure they are not in that position again? Well, they signed All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year deal. Golden State’s surplus of riches allows Cousins, a four-time All-Star, to work his way back at his own pace after tearing an Achilles’ tendon last season.The Warriors also added athletic 3-point shooter Jonas Jerebko to their frontcourt and took 6-foot-6 swingman Jacob Evans out of Cincinnati in the draft. Still, it starts, and ends, with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and now, Cousins. For the Warriors, it’s championship or bust. And they again really have to like their chances.