Hope or despair, "We Believe" or "We Suck," the Golden State Warriors remain a team bound for nothingness. Here's a personal list that I compiled on the aspects individual Warriors players should target in this upcoming offseason.
Andris Biedrins ( Assuming he does not get traded)
- Refine offensive game by applying new moves under the basket.
- Become a mainstay defensive presence.
- Learn to have an alternative plan for opposing players who shut him down during games.
- Focus extensively on the rebounding area of his game.
- Become a reliable offensive producer when replacing Biedrins.
- Learn to work more under the basket and work on perfecting his jump shot.
Anthony Randolph (Assuming he does not get traded)
- Learn to start the break himself and execute it efficiently.
- Work on becoming under control over the basket. In other words, does not have to jump for every rebound and pick-up un-necessary fouls. This does not undermine his terrific energy.
- MUST make the jumpshot part of his game.
- Learn to conserve his energy on the court.
- Become a defensive presence.
Brandan Wright (Assuming he does not get traded)
- Has to hit the weight room and add some much needed bulk. This will certainly aid in boxing out against bigger opposing players.
- Has to become a consistent rebounder.
- Learn to protect the basket better and move his feet against his man on the defensive end of the court.
Jermareo Davidson and Rob Kurz - Too little time on the floor to observe.
- Limit or improve ball-handling. This, in turn, will bring down his turnover numbers
- Limit talking to officials on useless plays.
- Learn to take smart shots instead of "jacking-up" threes with 20 seconds left on the clock.
- Learn to become a leader!
- Continue his formidable defensive game.
Corey Maggette (Assuming he does not get traded)
- Play defense.
- Pass whenever possible (averaging 1.8 assists)
- Keep going to the line!
- Stop "attempting" to take charges.
-Refine jump shot.
- Learn to stop on a dime and shoot a mid-range jumper.
- Become more of a defensive reliability.
- Learn to finish at the rim better.
- Continue his amazing rebounding performance.
Shooting guards/Point guards
- Extensive work on his ball-handling ability.
- Extensive work on his drives to the basket and his first step.
- Learn to shoot better, his stroke is absolutely horrible (Currently, best three-point shooter in the league).
- Extensive work on layups.
- Extensive work on defending and contesting.
Marco Belinelli (Assuming he does not get traded)
- Work on becoming a better distributor.
- Continue to work on his defensive game, which has extensively improved this season.
- Learn to become a consistent shooter.
- Learn to force his way into the rotation.
Monta Ellis (Assuming he does not get traded)
- Extensive work on defending
- Take care of his body and surgically repaired ankle.
- Attempt to stay away from anything with two wheels on it.
- Working on his consistency in regards to getting his teammates more involved.
- Learning how to control a team from a point guard's perspective.
Jamal Crawford (Assuming he does not opt-out)
- Learn not to bail-out opposing defenses with a jump shot with 20 seconds left on the shot clock.
- Drive to the basket more as he is a 88 percent free throw shooter.
- For his size, defending is a major issue.
- Learn to become a better distributor.
- As a back-up point guard, consistency is key.
- Avoid reaching in and picking up un-necessary fouls plus putting the load on the helper to contain his own man.
- Learn to become a better shooter off different spots from the floor (not only a three point shooter from the left corner of the court).
- Learn to use the screen-and-roll more often and find open shooters.