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Golden State Warriors

Division: PacificGM: Bob MyersHead Coach: Marc Jackson
2012-13: 47-35 (6th in West)vs. division 9-7
Points101.2 (7th)
Rebounds45.0 (3rd)
Assists22.5 (15th)
FG %.458 (11th)

Warriors Ready To Contend

CHOOSE YOUR TEAM

Eastern Conference Atlanta Hawks Boston Celtics Brooklyn Nets Charlotte Bobcats Chicago Bulls Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons Indiana Pacers Miami Heat Milwaukee Bucks New York Knicks Orlando Magic Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors washington wizards


Western Conference Dallas Mavericks Denver Nuggets Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets LA Clippers LA Lakers Memphis Grizzlies Minnesota Timberwolves New Orleans Pelicans Oklahoma City Thunder Phoenix Suns Portland Trail Blazers Shaqramento Kings San Antonio Spurs Utah Jazz

It's easy to call last year's season a measured success, but you get the feeling that the best is yet to come for Mark Jackson's Warriors.

The Warriors returned to the playoffs for the first time in six seasons and even won a round to boot. And man, were they fun to watch.

Stephen Curry emerged into one of the most dynamic game-breakers in the NBA. When Curry had the ball, you couldn't look away because jaw-dropping plays became commonplace for the Davidson product. From hitting laser-accurate threes to dropping jaw-dropping dimes, Curry was the Warriors' backbone, flanked by the ever-consistent David Lee (with a league-leading 56 double-doubles,) backcourt partner Klay Thompson, impressive rookie Harrison Barnes and rough-and-tumble Andrew Bogut.

In a highly entertaining first round match-up, the Warriors upset the team many had as dark horse candidates for the Western Conference in the Denver Nuggets. They were stopped in the next round by the actual Western Conference finalists, the San Antonio Spurs, but the groundwork was laid to ensure that there would be no more half-decade gaps in between playoff appearances.

This year expectations will be even higher for a team that returns all five starters and added Andre Iguodala in the off-season. The Warriors genuinely feel that they are ready to contend for a title right now.

Who's In/Who's Out

Key Additions: Andre Iguodala, Jermaine O'Neal, Marreese Speights, Nemanja Nedovic, Toney Douglas, Seth Curry

Key Losses: Jarrett Jack, Carl Landry, Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins, Brandon Rush

Analysis: Nedovic isn't what you would normally expect in a European guard. He is a very athletic combo guard that can play both the one and two and has a big 41-inch vertical. He logged big minutes playing for Lietuvos Rytas in the Euroleague last year and looks to be well-equipped for a jump to the NBA. He also showed promise for Serbia in an up and down performance at Eurobasket 2013.(-TSN.ca)

Round 1 30th overall (via PHX) Nemanja Nedovic SG Serbia

The Good

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.

PACIFIC PICKS


Clippers (55-27)

The Best in L.A.


Warriors (51-31)

Just Keep Improving


Lakers (40-42)

Another Trying Season


Kings (29-53)

They're Not Last


Suns (21-61)

Playing For 2014-15

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.

 

Warriors Depth Chart

Power Forward

David Lee
Marreese Speights
Draymond Green

Centre

Andrew Bogut
Jermaine O'Neal
Festus Ezeli
Ognjen Kuzmic

Small Forward

Andre Iguodala
Harrison Barnes

Shooting Guard

Klay Thompson
Toney Douglas
Kent Bazemore

Point Guard

Stephen Curry
Nemanja Nedovic
Seth Curry

What To Expect

This is a damn good team that can shoot anyone in the league off the floor on any given night.

This team is definitely playoff bound and provided they can stay relatively healthy the Warriors could contend for a top-4 seeding. However, with how talented the Western Conference is, another sixth-place finish is just as easily in play.

The Warriors will likely win around 50 games and finish second to the Clippers in the Pacific division and be a team that absolutely nobody wants to face in the playoffs.




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A Historic Event

It was Canada's night at the NBA Draft as four players from north of the border were selected.


1. Andrew Wiggins - Cavaliers

8. Nik Stauskas - Kings

18. Tyler Ennis - Suns

45. Dwight Powell - Hornets


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