Warriors don't need fourth star to win title, Kevin O'Connor says

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Why KOC believes Warriors don't need fourth star to win title originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Do the Warriors need to trade for a fourth "star" in order to be legitimate title contenders next season and beyond?

The answer is "no" according to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor.

"The idea of trading for a [Bradley] Beal or a [Damian Lillard] isn't gonna go away any time soon for the Warriors," KOC explained Thursday. "But the truth is the best result for Golden State is that one of their young players pop.

"Steph [Curry] signed a new contract extension ... with Steph, Klay [Thompson] and Draymond [Green] on the team, the Warriors don't need a fourth star to compete for titles the next few years.

"But as all those guys age deeper into their 30s, they are gonna need at least one of their young players to get really good and be part of this team for the long haul.

"That happening alone would increase Golden State's odds of winning a championship in the immediate future, while also setting the franchise up to contend for years to come."

The young players who will be under the microscope are James Wiseman and Jordan Poole, as well as rookies Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody.

Furthermore, Andrew Wiggins just completed the best all-around season of his career and could be even better next year.

Kevon Looney, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Damion Lee are very solid role players who know the Warriors' system.

Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica -- if healthy and in great shape -- have the ability to make significant contributions.

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And Golden State probably still has another move or two to make when it comes to filling out the roster (Andre Iguodala? Kelly Oubre?)

Ultimately, the biggest variable is Klay's health. The Warriors need him to be the player he was before the ACL and Achilles tears -- or at least close to it.

If the three-time NBA champion returns to All-Star form, the Dubs will be in fantastic position.

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