5 Biggest Mistakes Made by the Golden State Warriors This Season

Trevor LowryContributor IApril 4, 2012

5 Biggest Mistakes Made by the Golden State Warriors This Season

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    The Golden State Warriors aren't exactly the best team in the league, but they definitely are not the worst either. Whatever the case, the Warriors made some crucial mistakes this season that may hurt their team down the road.

    The Warriors did well by making trades at the deadline...but they made the wrong ones. It is great that the Warriors' organization is trying, but trying doesn't guarantee anything. The Warriors had two pretty big trades this season, but both were very big mistakes. 

    With that said, read on to find out the five biggest mistakes made by the Golden State Warriors this season. 

Acquiring the Rights to T.J. Ford

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    It is very unfortunate that T.J. Ford had to retire at the age of 29, but it is what it is. It was most likely just a throw-in, but why would the Golden State Warriors get the rights to a player just to release him three days later?

    Sounds like unneeded drama to me. 

    It really did not affect anything, but it still looks dumb on paper. 

Trading Stephen Jackson for Richard Jefferson

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    Stephen Jackson is obviously a crazy dude, but why would the Warriors want to pick up Richard Jefferson's contract?

    For being paid over $9 million a year, Jefferson does not seem worth it. 

    Jefferson has been out of his prime for some time now and that is not going to change. 

Trading Ekpe Udoh

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    The Warriors didn't need to throw in Udoh to get Andrew Bogut and they really shouldn't have.

    Udoh may not have the greatest numbers in the world, but he is a pretty darn good defender who can rebound the ball well.

    The biggest problem about this is the fact that Udoh was Golden State's first round draft pick in 2010. Udoh was the sixth pick overall that year.

    I understand that the NBA is a business and all, but don't draft someone in the top-10 if you are not willing to take a chance on that player. Trading him after two years is throwing in the towel.  

Getting Andrew Bogut

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    Andrew Bogut is a huge risk for Golden State and the whole world knows it. 

    Bogut's stats don't look bad on paper. He is averaging 12.7 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game in his career. Too bad that career has been plagued by injuries.

    This may have not been a bad pickup last season, but Bogut has only played 12 games this season. He is still very young at 27 years old, but he is definitely a gamble. Hopefully it was worth it.

Trading Monta Ellis Away

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    Monta Ellis' name had been in trade rumors for some time, so it really isn't a big surprise that the Warriors pulled the trigger on him.

    It was still a bad decision to trade him, though.

    Ellis was the leading scorer on Golden State. He was also a pretty good passer and his six assists per game this season with the Warriors is proof of that. 

    I never have understood why teams trade away their captain or leading scorer, but whatever. 

    Ellis has been so productive ever since the Warriors started him in his second season in the NBA. He is only 26 years old, but he is now a Milwaukee Buck.

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