With the NBA All-Star Game coming up, it's time for mid-season report cards.
Right now, no team should be more excited for the break than the Golden State Warriors.
Losers of five straight, this gives them time to regroup. Plus, it gives them a time to celebrate. For the first time since 1997, Golden State will feature a team member in the All-Star Game! With a 30-22 record, despite the losing streak, there is even more to celebrate as they are still in a great position to make the playoffs.
Overall, the franchise deserves an "A" grade this season, but each individual earns a grade for their performance this far.
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 44.9 field-goal percentage, 9.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 11.6 PER, 25.8 minutes
Harrison Barnes has been exactly what the Warriors expected when they made him the seventh pick in the 2012 NBA draft.
He fit in perfectly at small forward and stepped up when Brandon Rush went down.
His talent is so evident that, according to Sulvia.com, his name has surfaced in trade rumors. But the Warriors know what they with him, as they stated that only a major offer would get them even thinking of dealing him.
Barnes' numbers aren’t spectacular, but as the fourth option, you take what looks you can get when you get them. He has had a great start wearing a Golden State uniform, and he has a very bright future ahead of him.
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 34.2 field-goal percentage, 2.0 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 9.6 PER, 4.8 minutes
If this were a dancing report card, Kent Bazemore would get an A.
By doing that, he just may have found his niche in the NBA as an end-of-the-bench celebrator, locker-room guy and motivator, all which makes him possibly the best 15th man in the league.
When given the chance, he plays hard and is brimming with potential. However, with the talent in front of him, Bazemore doesn’t get much of one.
With his enthusiasm and attitude, you won’t find many better options as the last man on the bench.
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 50.0 field-goal percentage, 0.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 8.1 PER, 9.2 minutes
Well, give him this. Andris Biedrins is playing better than you thought he would.
Although that’s not saying a whole lot.
Biedrins is getting rebounds and playing hard, but thinking back on what he used to be and what he has become, makes your head hurt.
He is fine if you have him as your third center, but the fact that he makes $9 million a season for the above stat line is very unsettling.
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 55.4 field-goal percentage, 7.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 17.2 PER, 22.5 minutes
Andrew Bogut is back!
Well, back on the court at least. Not back as the center that the Warriors were hoping for.
Limited to just 10 games this season, Bogut has not come close to making the impact expected from him at the start of the season.
But he has been hurt, so what can you do?
When he has played, Bogut hasn’t been all that great. But that should take time. Hopefully, he will be able to play himself into shape and become a fixture in the Warriors every-game lineup.
After their recent skid, Golden State will need him to be healthy and playing every game if they expect to make any noise. But right now, there is not a whole lot to get excited about.
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 43.4 field-goal percentage, 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 19.8 PER, 37.6 minutes
Still unfathomable that Stephen Curry didn’t make the All-Star game, just imagine where the Warriors would be right now without him healthy.
Not at 30-22, that’s for sure.
Curry has been fantastic this season, and really the only difference in his game this year is that now he can show off his talent on (relatively) healthy ankles.
That was the only thing holding him back. While he still may need rest from time to time, hopefully this is the start of a new, healthy career path.
There haven't been too many players in the NBA more fun to watch this season than Curry.
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 43.2 field-goal percentage, 2.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, 7.9 PER, 15.3 minutes
Festus Ezeli has been good for the Warriors. Not great, but useful.
With Bogut sidelined, he has filled in admirably for what could have been a Grand Canyon sized hole if hadn't lasted till the 30th pick.
If you didn’t want to imagine where the Warriors would be without Curry, don’t even try to think where they would be if just Biedrins and Jeremy Tyler were left to fill in at center.
In limited minutes, Ezeli’s defense has been great. His offense, has not.
However, his lack of an offensive game isn’t spotlighted because of the firepower that the Warriors remaining starters possess. If that weren’t the case, his grade wouldn’t be so high.
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 35.3 field-goal percentage, 3.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 8.5 PER, 14.8 minutes
You have to love Draymond Green’s tenacity.
You don’t have to love his jumper.
Green is fun to watch, and he does bring the toughness that Golden State has lacked in, well, forever. But his offensive game is getting to the point where it’s becoming detrimental to have him on the floor for long periods of time.
Green is great in short spurts and brings an element to the floor that this team needs. If he can develop his offense a little bit, we should be able to see more of him.
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 47.2 field-goal percentage, 13.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 17.4 PER, 28.9 minutes
As good as Jarrett Jack's stats are, they don’t tell half the story. The leadership he has brought off the bench, paired with his ball-handling and playmaking abilities have been vital to the Warriors success.
Having him run the point with Thompson and Curry on the wings has been as much fun to watch as it has been successful.
If only he didn’t go through stretches where he “jacks” up contested shots, you really couldn't ask for more from him. As much as he has brought to the team in the first half of the season, Golden State is going to need just as much, if not more, from him going forward.
Remember, he did not play in three of their previous five loses. The Warriors can’t afford to not have him in the lineup.
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 43.8 field-goal percentage, 3.9 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 11.5 PER, 11.8 minutes
Richard Jefferson will give the Warriors minutes when they need them, and he will hit the occasional three-pointer, but let’s call him what he is: one year away from being called an expiring contract.
Although he hasn’t had much of a chance to produce, the Warriors still may lean on his experience going forward, but outside of this dunk, thus far, his season has been easily forgettable.
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 42.2 field-goal percentage, 1.7 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 6.8 PER, 6.3 minutes
After a strong finish to end his rookie season, Charles Jenkins has been a consigned to oblivion in his second year.
It’s not his fault. With two point guards ahead of him, he just hasn’t been given a chance.
With Curry healthy and Jack playing as well as he is, it’s not likely Jenkins will be seeing any significant time going forward.
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 52.1 field-goal percentage, 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 17.5 PER, 24.8 minutes
Up until Bogut came back, Carl Landry was great.
His post game off the bench has been exactly what the Warriors needed behind David Lee. And even playing alongside him, they have worked well together.
Especially in closing out games. Recently, Landry has been phased out of the rotation, all the while the Warriors have been losing.
But just in case, from this point forward with or without Bogut, Landry should own a regular spot in the rotation.
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 54.1 field-goal percentage, 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 19.4 PER, 37.2 minutes
Lee is arguably having his finest season as a pro at age 29. He has been a rock for the Warriors as he has put his name among the best power forwards in the NBA.
Right now he leads the NBA in double-doubles with 33, which has paved the way for him to become the first All-Star for the Warriors since Latrell Sprewell.
While he has struggled a bit since Bogut returned, (the only thing keeping him from an A+ grade) in time, expect them to develop a rapport with each other as Lee gets back to his normal 20-point, 10-rebound nights.
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 66.7 field-goal percentage, 7.0 points, 0.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 12.0 PER, 12.5 minutes, 1.5 games
Gone, but not forgotten, it’s times like this, as the Warriors are on a current five-game losing streak, that the absence of Brandon Rush becomes more glaring.
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 41.6 field-goal percentage, 16.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 13.0 PER, 35.1 minutes
Klay Thompson has given the Warriors exactly what they are asking out of him by stretching the floor with his shooting ability and by playing solid defense.
While he is capable of a much larger role, evident from his play when Curry was out, he has been a great complementary player thus far.
Going forward, all he needs to concentrate on is to get his shooting percentage a bit higher. His stroke is too pretty to be shooting 41 percent, even if most of his shot attempts are three-pointers.
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 37.5 field-goal percentage, 1.1 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.1 blocks, 6.2 PER, 3.2 minutes
With Bogut out for all but 10 games, it would’ve been nice to see Jeremy Tyler emerge and carve out a small role for himself.
Instead, he has just two more points, 22, than he does appearances, 20.
The talent is there. While it’s not going to be revealed this season, if and when he it does, hopefully it's in a Warrior uniform.