Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
The Golden State Warriors got off to a hot start this season, racking up wins against the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns while losing a tough game against the Memphis Grizzlies. The loss of Brandon Rush to an ACL tear notwithstanding, this team is one of the best Warriors squads put together in ages.
Though they are extremely young, this Golden State team features a very balanced offensive attack that thus far has been led by top reserve Carl Landry, who's averaged 20 points and 7.3 rebounds on 65.7 percent field-goal shooting, and Stephen Curry's 18 points, 5.3 boards and 4.7 dimes.
The team does not need to necessarily rely on one or two players for scoring, though, as their roster also features capable scorers in Klay Thompson, David Lee, Jarrett Jack and even rookie lottery pick Harrison Barnes.
As long as Curry and Jack run the point effectively and find the open man, this team has the shooters and finishers to be an absolute nightmare once they get hot. Add to that their ability to push pace and use their youth and athleticism, and this team becomes an even scarier prospect.
Andrew Bogut, the franchise center the team acquired for Monta Ellis in the 2011-12 season, has been working his way into the rotation, playing heavily restricted minutes, but if he can remain healthy for a full campaign, he could be the impact defender this club has lacked for so long.
The Warriors have become synonymous with all-offense, no-defense basketball, but Bogut and coach Mark Jackson have an opportunity to change that, as the current team features plenty of quick, athletic players who can force turnovers and stay tight on their man.
With Dallas looking depleted and Minnesota missing Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio for a significant chunk of the season, the Warriors have the chance to plant themselves right in the thick of the playoff race and use their depth to carry them through the grueling, 82-game battle that is an NBA season.
They have huge upside for the future, but this Warriors team appears poised to turn a few heads and be a factor right now, so long as their key contributors can remain on the floor.