The Golden State Warriors led by new head coach Mark Jackson have made it clear that a new defensive culture will be put in place, a concept that has been an afterthought for so many seasons. Emphasizing the need for improved team defense and a playoff mindset will be Jackson's mission objective from day one of training camp.
It will be up to the talented but undersized backcourt duo of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry to lead the way, along with a trio of talented prospects added to the mix.
Despite the team’s long draught of playoff appearances, this Warriors team appears poised to make the leap they haven’t made since 2007, when they bounced the then-No.1 seed Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs.
With this in mind, here are my bold (but realistic) predictions for the Golden State Warriors 2011-2012 season.