It isn't every season that the Golden State Warriors are looking ahead towards the playoffs before the regular season even ends. Hell, this might not even be the smartest thing to do, but hypotheticals are almost as fun as the real life scenario that unfolds.
The "We Believe" team had to squeeze into the eighth seed before pulling one of the greatest upsets of all time. This season doesn't have the same mojo or "swag", but it certainly is a better-structured team with players complementing each other perfectly.
Granted, that team with Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson, Matt Barnes and even Andris Biedrins were built perfectly to run up and down the court and feed off the crowd, but it was never sustainable. Coach Mark Jackson has done yeoman's work fitting in all the pieces of this team, despite the rash of injuries, to sustain offensive and defensive success.
From Stephen Curry's troublesome ankle, Andrew Bogut's in-and-out of the rotation tendencies and Brandon Rush's season-ending ACL tear, his rotation lineups have been nothing short of Coach of the Year-esque.
Keep in mind the rotations will shorten in the playoffs as bench players that were getting 5-8 minutes will receive next to nothing.
Ranked from importance, we look at what each player brings to the table, how much they should play and what responsibilities they will hold when the crazed playoff atmosphere comes back to Oakland.