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The Warriors' offseason began back in March, long before the season was over.
They dumped leading scorer Monta Ellis for seven-footer Andrew Bogut, adding much-needed size to an exceedingly small lineup. Bogut will be a presence down low, something the Warriors have lacked since Nate Thurmond. He is athletic, can shoot from the elbow and will feed off David Lee’s high post play and strong passing abilities.
Klay Thompson, the team's 2011 first-round pick, will play in the frontcourt with a healthy Stephen Curry. Restricted free agent Brandon Rush will add support behind Thompson if GM Bob Myers can keep him under contract, and NBA.com reports Golden State has been flirting with Brandon Roy to further solidify the 2-guard spot.
As far as the free agency goes, the Warriors will likely remain relatively quiet, according to beat writer Matt Steinmetz.
However, Golden State made a splash in the 2012 NBA draft, garnering them top marks from USA Today. The Dubs picked up stud small forward Harrison Barnes (who could start on opening night), big man Festus Ezeli (a potential top backup to Bogut and Lee), and forward Draymond Green (a proven leader who will be an effective rotation player).
For a long time, the Warriors have been a sorry excuse for a basketball team. But with their new additions, look for them to bring a 2006-type electricity.