Proving that if you can't beat 'em, you join 'em, former Nugget Andre Iguodala's insertion into the line-up provides the Warriors with another big, scoring threat in the frontcourt. Some will argue that his presence could hinder the development of Barnes, but it now gives Jackson the ability to use the former Tarheel off of the bench where he can spell both Iguodala and Thompson.
Not only will Iguodala's veteran presence provide a boost, so will a completely healthy Bogut. The big Aussie says that he's in the shape of his life and feels the best he has since he came over from the Bucks in March 2012. A front court of Bogut, Lee and Iguodala firing on all cylinders is a scary proposition for the rest of the Western Conference.
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And of course, the Warriors can flat out shoot the ball. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are probably the best backcourt shooting tandem in the NBA today (or best ever if you ask head coach Mark Jackson).
The ability to knock it down from almost anywhere over half really stretches out opposing defences and creates openings inside for the Warriors bigs.
Playing at the Oracle also gives the Warriors one of the best home court advantages in the NBA.
The Not So Good
As quickly as Curry has developed into a legitimate star, he still needs to stop turning the ball over. At 3.1 turnovers per game, Curry was among the top-five in qualified point guards in the category. The Warriors hope that as Curry continues to develop, those numbers will drop.
The Warriors also lack much of a presence inside on defence outside of Bogut. Lee has great skills on offence but is a liability at the other end and their backup bigs aren't great either.
They may have a tough time stopping teams like Memphis that pound it inside.
The biggest problem facing the Warriors this year, though, is brittleness. Curry has had multiple ankle surgeries. Bogut has been in the league for eight seasons, but has missed significant time (15 games or more) in all but two of them.
Obviously, significant injuries will derail any team's momentum, but with so many key players on this club having the propensity for time on the sidelines, a trip there by one or more could see the team regress.