Kelly Dwyer hasn't done a good job of making friends recently while writing for Yahoo Sports. First of all his ranking lists for the decade were considered by many fans of the NBA as a complete and utter joke.
Now, Dwyer has moved to predictions in terms of where team's will finish for the 2009-2010 season. I was interested in seeing what he had to say about the Golden State Warriors because that's the team he was making his prediction for today.
As I began to read I realized that Dwyer is clueless. Although, he did have some good points in terms of Chris Cohan being the worst owner in the NBA, but besides that how can you take him seriously?
When reviewing the injuries Brandan Wright he called him Brandan White! When talking about Stephen Curry, he spelled his name Stephan Curry. How does Dwyer not know the players he's supposedly reviewing to predict where the Warriors are going to end up?
As for his actual prediction he stated that the Warriors would win 25 games! That means the Warriors would lose 57 games this year. Interesting I'm really confused how the Warriors suddenly got worst then they were last year.
For the 2008-2009 season the Warriors were awful. They won 29 games while losing 53. This was a team last year that lost a lot of man power due to injuries. Names such as Corey Maggette, Stephen Jackson, Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins, Brandan Wright, and Marco Belinelli.
Although, the opening lineup for the Warriors which looks likes this:
Stephen Curry- PG
Monta Ellis- SG
Stephen Jackson- SF
Corey Maggette- PF
Andris Biedrins- C
Furthermore I get the fact that the Warriors had offseason turmoil and even preseason drama specifically between Stephen Jackson and coach Don Nelson, I do believe that coming into the season the Warriors can remain tough.
Monta Ellis was also involved in some news as well, but I don't see it effecting the team. For Ellis it was just a matter of voicing his concern at the wrong time.
As for the season once it gets started there are a few things to look forward too. The first is the development of Anthony Randolph. From many experts Randolph has been nominated as a player who will be the most improved.
It's really not hard to understand why either. Randolph is extremely athletic and can produce in a variety of ways. Randolph can do it defensively with his length he can block shots and steal the basketball.
Offensively he can handle the ball very well, still needs to work on his mid range jumper, he can finish at the rim, and he swallows both offensive and defensive rebounds.
The second is rookie point guard Stephen Curry. Curry has looked impressive in the preseason and maybe the best quote in regards to Curry comes from Ellis who before seeing Curry questioned having two small guards in the starting lineup.
Ellis states "you can't take anything away from him. He can shoot, pass, defend, all of that. He's got the whole package. He's better than I thought he was."
Third thing to watch is for Ellis and how he will do after coming back from an injury plagued season last year. Will he become the Ellis of old? I think that was answered in the preseason as well and it looks like Ellis back to the player he was when he averaged over 20 points per game and shot 53 percent from the floor, the only thing I can see Ellis working on though is his free throw shooting.
Corey Maggette comes in as number four and that is can he stay healthy for a full season? I recently read a column in regards to Maggette as being in the best shape of his life and how he's hoping to have an injury free season.
Maggette is only 29 years old and is in the second year of his big contract he signed with the Warriors. If he can stay healthy the Warriors should have a solid scoring threat because he likes attacking the basket. He needs to work on passing the ball though and not always looking to score.
The bench for the Warriors in my opinion is one of the better ones in the league. With Ronny Turiaf providing instant energy and defense.
Anthony Morrow bringing in his three point shooting and his ability to score efficiently, Kelenna Azubuike providing a tough defender and can also shoot the ball very well from the outside, Anthony Randolph right now is coming off the bench because of an injury but should see a lot of minutes, and C.J. Watson can provide valuable minutes off the bench at the point guard position.
Lastly, though is what is going to happen with Stephen Jackson. I believe he will be on the Warriors for the whole season. I understand his frustrations and that he can get emotional when things aren't going his way in his eyes and that's what happened when he requested a trade.
Right now he understands and the Warriors organization after the public spat with Nelson after five quick fouls in a preseason game didn't look very good and teams aren't willing to take on his big salary.
Jackson was also suspended for two games because of his actions, but came back with a very nice game when he did come back from the suspension. Jackson had 15 points and 10 assists in 32 minutes.
As for the team itself the Warriors are very young, talented, and capable scorers. The issue that plagued them last year was defense and there will be times when the Warriors struggle defensively and on other nights the team will look very good.
I also wrote an article recently on a prediction for the Warriors season which is right here in it I predicted the Warriors to win anywhere from 35-38 games. Which, at the very least is 10 more wins then Kelly Dwyer predicted.
Here's the truth when reading Dwyer just expect it to be humorous and don't take it too seriously!