This is the one that really hurts Oakland this season.
For all the upsides Golden State looks forward to, the bench could very well bust the season down the drain once more.
There were a couple of memorable nationally televised games against the Lakers this season in which the Warriors lost at the wire in heartbreaking fashion.
And no sir, I'm not trying to say that the Warriors are on par with Kobe Bryant and company.
The point is that the Warriors' starters can indeed compete with many teams within the NBA, so long as they are not committing silly fouls or having mental breakdowns. They're very fixable issues, as by simply getting their mind right the Warriors can compete night in and night out.
Golden State's starters can more than compete with contenders like Utah, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, even San Antonio.
The problem is when the starting seven (including Maggette and Turiaf) need to come off for some rest, or if they are having an off night.
Many of these teams have deep and explosive benches while Golden State's bench is composed of young and unproven players.
C.J. Watson, Kelenna Azubuike, and Marco Belinelli are all promising young talents. However, none of them can give you consistent defense or dependable points when needed.