The Warriors are the most optimistic terrible team of all-time

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The Golden State Warriors may be the worst team in the NBA, but spirits have somehow managed to remain high in the midst of an awful season.

The Golden State Warriors are the worst team in the NBA. There were few arguments against that notion a couple of months ago and now that the deadline has passed it still rings true.

At the time of writing, the Warriors currently hold a 12-44 record and sit dead last in the NBA standings. Yet, despite their shortcomings and awful performances this season, morale remains as high as ever.

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Sure, no one will confuse the Warriors with the Milwaukee Bucks. They aren’t eying a championship run like the Los Angeles Lakers are. But in what could have been a dark, dark season, they’ve managed to find the positive side of things.

The acquisition of Andrew Wiggins has been a resounding success so far and while it may still be early, the former Minnesota Timberwolves star is already a better fit than D’Angelo Russell ever was.

Wiggins has the team and its fanbase alike excited for a future with him, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson in the starting lineup together.

It should speak volumes that the likes of Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III were sad after being traded from the last-place Warriors to a contending team in the Philadelphia 76ers.

This isn’t your typical 12-44 team. There is no dysfunction. There is no despair. And there is no division.

The Warriors have managed to retain their seemingly bulletproof culture in the midst of what could be the worst season in franchise history. This isn’t how things were supposed to go this year, but none of that really matters.

The fans at Chase Center continue to support their hometown team no matter how poor they play on some nights — and there have been some really awful nights. And when they’re actually competitive, they cheer for their team like it’s a playoff game.

Look around the NBA and look at the other worst teams in the league. The Cleveland Cavaliers are reeling. The Minnesota Timberwolves are a dysfunctional mess. And the New York Knicks are the laughing stock of basketball.

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The Warriors may have a worse record than all of the three, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any fans that feel as good about their team as Dub Nation does about their Warriors.

That’s a product of years of building a winning culture, but it’s also a product of not letting things get out of hand when everything went south. The Warriors embraced who they were and instead looked forward to a brighter future.

Curry and Thompson will be back next season and they’ll be paired with a high-profile rookie who will be selected with an early first-round pick. Throw in a resurgent Wiggins, Draymond Green, and role players such as Kevon Looney, Marquese Chriss, Damion Lee, and Eric Paschall and you have a promising roster.

This isn’t to say that everything has gone right or that the Warriors are guaranteed to be championship contenders next season. If anything, it’s praise for the organization, players, and fans for keeping their heads high when they could have fallen into a pit of misery.

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The Warriors are fun to watch despite their downright abysmal basketball at times. And for that reason, they remain the most optimistic terrible team of all-time.