Golden State Warriors: What Each Player Must Learn from First 2 Weeks of Season

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Golden State Warriors: What Each Player Must Learn from First 2 Weeks of Season
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The Golden State Warriors season is still very young. So young that we cannot yet assess what type of team this truly is.

There have been reasons for enthusiasm—a road-win against the Clippers, excellent bench production and the maturation of Klay Thompson to name a few—as well as reasons for pessimism—injury problems, an out-of-sync offense and more. Ultimately though, all of the bad signs could lead to good things, and vice versa.

Andrew Bogut could still get healthy and play the majority of the season, and Steph Curry may be off the court before we know it. The Warriors offense may find its flow, and Carl Landry may not score 20 for two months. The Warriors may continue to win three of seven games, which would lead to a 35-47 record, or they may make just one extra big shot every seven games—flipping the pace to 47-35.

To assess what these first seven games say about the Warriors as a team would be premature. More to the point, it would be counter-productive. As much as every Warriors fan would have preferred to see Andrew Bogut playing 30 minutes a night through seven games and see the team at 5-2 right now, the front office understands something that fans ought to: The NBA season is a marathon.

With that being said, the most important thing to take away from the Warriors' start is not what it says about the team or its players, but what it teaches these players going forward. Winning in the NBA requires constant improvement from all players within a unit, and there's no question that the only way for the Warriors to get better—or to, at least, avoid getting worse—is to learn from these first seven games and use these lessons to better themselves.

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