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The Warriors have playoff level talent and possess excellent offensive potential. Rookie Harrison Barnes, who they selected No. 7 overall in the 2012 draft, would have been the second or third best scorer on any other lottery team—but in Golden State, he’s arguably their fifth best scorer.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, along with Barnes make one insanely dangerous shooting trio. Curry is also a top-15 point guard, providing an excellent balance between an efficient scorer and a great floor general.
David Lee is a proven scorer, and his defensive woes will be in part mollified by playing next to Andrew Bogut, a top defensive center. It’s really hard to dislike any part of Golden State’s starting five.
The concerns are two fold—defense and health.
Bogut is really the only Warriors starter who is above-average defensively (the jury is still out on the rookie Barnes). While coach Mark Jackson promised to make the Warriors a top defensive team when he was hired last year, Golden State allowed the 3rd most points per game.
Health is also a huge concern, especially when the Warriors top two players—Curry and Bogut—have missed excessive time in the past few seasons with injuries. Curry has been bothered by ankle injuries, and Bogut has missed a combined 130 games in the past four years.
If you want to gamble on a dark-horse playoff team, though, Golden State might be your squad—but I’d hedge my bets.