When a franchise has been as sad to watch as the Golden State Warriors have been for the past few years, you know there is always room for improvement. For the Dubs, there are five key things that they should do this offseason in order to stop being the laughingstock in the NBA.
5. Get rid of Corey Maggette
The Warriors signed Corey Maggette to a five year, $50 million contract that continues to haunt them today and will continue to haunt them for the next few seasons. From what I've read, trading Maggette is what the Warriors will attempt to do first this offseason. With the money that Corey is being paid, he should be able to do much more. Other than scoring and getting to the line, Maggette does not do much. He is not a good leader, takes questionable shots, and does not try to play defense. Golden State should trade him for a guy like Shane Battier, a guy who is a good leader, better basketball player, and a player who actually plays on both sides of the floor.
4. Fire Don Nelson
It's obvious that the run-n-gun system will not win you a championship. It might be fun to watch, but it will not get you far. Not only is that a reason to fire Nellie, but he is also not a good coach for a young group of guys like the Warriors present. If Nelson passes Lenny Wilkens for the all-time wins record this season, there might be a bigger chance that he will quit. Nelson needs to be fired as soon as the record is broken. He has had too much conflict with several players and has lost his passion for coaching, which is no secret if you watch him on the sidelines and in interviews.
3. Trade either Curry or Ellis
No matter what some people may think, Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis cannot work together. When one of them is out or on the bench and the other is in the game, the team plays better. Ellis is the better scorer, and Curry is the better passer. I don't see any of them as franchise players who you can build a championship team around. Like Ellis said before the season and Nelson said during the season, Curry and Ellis do not work well with each other, and one of them needs to be traded soon before the conflict increases.
2. Draft John Wall
Golden State has a legitimate shot at the No. 1 pick in this upcoming NBA draft. The unanimous No. 1 pick is John Wall. If the Warriors get the first pick, they must draft Wall. He has the potential to be a superstar in the league and will be a great player to build around. Scouts are saying they have not seen someone this special since LeBron James was drafted in 2003. Curry or Ellis will have to play second fiddle to Wall. If the Warriors don't get the first pick, they should target Evan Turner.
1. Chris Cohan selling the team to Larry Ellison
The day that Warrior fans have been waiting numerous years for should come soon. Reports indicate that Larry Ellison is showing a lot of interest in buying the Warriors. Cohan isn't read to sell the team yet, but if the attendance continues to decrease, he should sell the team sooner. So stop going to games and keep Cohan's wallet empty. One playoff appearance in over a decade is embarrassing. I'll leave this article with an Ellison quote: “I'm addicted to winning. The more you win, the more you want to win.”
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