Golden State Warriors 2011-12: 5 Offseason Musts for Return to NBA Playoffs

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Golden State Warriors 2011-12: 5 Offseason Musts for Return to NBA Playoffs
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In what could be spun to look like a positive year or a negative year, the Warriors have indisputably improved in the last 365 days.

The optimist looks at Golden State's substantially better record (26 wins last year, 35 this year with three games left), the development of Ekpe Udoh and Dorell Wright, the leadership of Monta Ellis, and the inevitable continued progression that lies ahead for these young men, along with Steph Curry and David Lee. They believe that with ample cap space this offseason, the team can be kept together and add it's final big piece to complete the rebuilding process.

The pessimist looks at the 35-38 wins and is disgusted that new ownership, a new coach, a new $80 million power forward, and the league's best offensive backcourt couldn't produce a winning record. They anticipate dissent, and believe that Monta Ellis and Steph Curry must be broken up in order to improve defensively and on the glass.

Both of these assessments are somewhat true, and both directions entirely possible.

What no sane Warriors' fan believes is that a quiet off-season will add 10-15 more wins to next year's total and put Golden State back in the playoffs, and a couple years down the line, playing for a title.

For the Warriors to turn things around next year and keep the future looking bright, these five things happen between June and October.

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