Golden State Warriors: A Cinderella Story Leads to a Mufasa Free Fall
The Golden State Warriors had everything going for them.
For the first time since the '93-'94 season, the Warriors made the playoffs in the '06-'07 season, finishing with a record of 42-40. Their Cinderella story continued as they upset the first-seeded Dallas Mavericks, 4-2.
The next year, the Warriors improved even more, going 48-34 and finished ninth in the Western Conference, barely missing the playoffs. Everybody had this Warriors team to become one of the Western elites in the next season. That did not happen.
After missing the playoffs in 2007-2008, Baron Davis, the man who helped break the 12-year playoff drought, opted out of his lucrative $17.8 million contract. This left me, and I'm sure everybody else, in surprise. The Bay Area fans could not believe their ears.
Davis became a Clipper as he signed with them for a five-year, $65 million contract. Davis has probably became one of the most hated men in Oakland.
Then, things turned from bad to worse. The Warriors traded Jason Richardson and the rights to Jamareo Davidson for the eighth pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Brandan Wright. Wright has only played a combined 77 games, and has started 29.
With the singing of free agent Cory Maggette, Warrior fans wiped the sweat off their collective forehead. Maggette played great, putting up 18.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and playing 31 MPG. The sad part is he only played 51 games.
This all led to a dismal Mufasa-like free fall: a 29-53 record.
They went down 19 games. With the Warriors predicted to pick Brandon Jennings at for point guard, they could move Ellis to the small guard and Jackson to the small forward.
What I have in mind can make this team into a perennial contender.
The Warriors need to get a point guard and a center. What they can do is get Davis back. Davis has been rumored to be texting Stephen Jackson saying he hates it in LA.
Bringing Davis back would bring that leadership back to this team. As for the center, there is Marcus Camby.
The Warriors have Jamal Crawford sitting on the bench, doing nothing to earn his $7.9 million for seven years. They could send him, their first draft pick, and Andris Biedrins in exchange for Camby, Davis, and their second round draft pick.
This would give you a starting line up of Camby, Turiaf/Wright/Maggette, Stephen Jackson/Cory Maggette, Ellis, and Davis.
The Clippers would have Hasheem Thabeet, Zach Randolph, Al Thornton, Eric Gordon, and Brandon Jennings as a starting five (assuming they draft Hasheem and Brandon).
This would turn the Warriors into a 45-plus win team if they can stay healthy, and potentially make a run for the playoffs.
The Clippers would then become a contender in the future. The would probably end up as a 20-30 win team, but they have potential just like the Thunder.
The trade would benefit both teams and I would love to see this happen.
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