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Beyond all of the fears and trials that being a first-year coach must bring, Mark Jackson also had to deal with constant injuries and roster changes throughout the year. By the end of the season, 20 players had suited up for the Warriors and 17 made starts during the season.
During the season, the Warriors were added Nate Robinson to the roster, traded Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh for an injured Andrew Bogut and acquired Richard Jefferson through trading Stephen Jackson who was also acquired in the Bogut trade.
Out of breath after reading that? Imagine how it felt for Jackson to have to integrate those players, along with other minor players, into his first-year system.
And on top of all of that were the injuries. Stephen Curry was only able to play in 26 games while Andrew Bogut sat out every game after the trade. Just about every big on the Warriors bench was also hurt, including the infamous Kwame Brown.
The main additions this offseason, beyond rookies, were Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack, who should be easily integrated into the lineup.
The point is, the next season is going to have to be easier for Jackson. He will have roster continuity and will be able to coach the same players for the entire year, something that should greatly benefit the entire team.