Zach Lowe and John Hollinger say that D’Angelo Russell, not Stephen Curry, is the Warriors’ MVP, because they own the Wolves’ 2021 pick.
The Golden State Warriors have had a rotating roster of players ever since Kevin Durant bid farewell to the Bay Area in 2019 for the Brooklyn Nets. Durant was gracious enough to agree to a sign and trade with the Golden State Warriors in the summer of ‘19 to help the Warriors get D’Angelo Russell.
Russell had a decent season for the Warriors in 2019-20 as he averaged 23.6 points while shooting 35% from beyond the arc. However, the Warriors front office decided to move on from Russell and trade him to the Minnesota TimberWolves for former number 1 overall pick, Andrew Wiggins.
Ever since that trade, Karl Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell have stepped foot on NBA hardwood together merely five times. The Wolves are currently the worst team in the league, boasting a 7-21 record.
“D’Angelo Russell is the Warriors’ real MVP”: Lowe and Hollinger on the Wiggins trade
In the trade that sent Andrew Wiggins to the Golden State Warriors, the Wolves also included a 2021 top 3 protected first-round pick along with Wiggins.
In reference to this, John Hollinger jokingly said, “The other argument against Curry (for MVP) is: How can you say Curry is the most valuable player when the most valuable Warrior this season has been D’Angelo Russell?”
Russell has been ruled out for up to 6 weeks with an injury problem that will almost certainly result in the Wolves being a bottom team. He wasn’t exactly lighting up the scoreboards in his limited action for the Wolves this year.
The reason as to why the Timberwolves’s success benefits the Warriors is because of the 2021 pick they own of theirs. If the pick falls outside of the top 3, the rights to that selection go to the Warriors, not the Wolves.
With the new Draft Order process in play, even with the worst record in the league, Minnesota isn’t guaranteed a top 3 pick in this year’s draft.