Golden State Warriors: 30 Teams in 30 Days

John Friel@@JohnFtheheatgodAnalyst IAugust 8, 2009

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2008 Statistics

Finished 29-53, third in Pacific Division, tenth in Western Conference

Missed Postseason

Key Additions

Stephen Curry via draft, Devean George via trade, Acie Law via trade, Speedy Claxton via trade.

Key Losses

Jamal Crawford via trade, Marco Belinelli via trade.

The Golden State Warriors are known for their flashy play and their home crowdโ€”which causes more hearing problems than an AC/DC concert. All that has seem to have gone away, though, ever since the loss of their star point guard Baron Davis.

The Warriors had to suffer through a dismal 2008-'09 season after having two consecutive winning seasons for the first time in nearly 20 years, when they used to be a regular in the postseason.

Golden State finished as one of the top offensive teams in the league again, averaging over 108 points per game, but when you play run-and-gun basketball, the only positives are coming on the offensive side. The Warriors allowed a league worse 112 points per game.

For a team who finished 24 games under .500, the Warriors did not do much to improve their team. They managed to draft one of the top point guards and shooters in the draft, which is perfect for the Warriors style of play, but does little to improve their defense.

Curry led the entire NCAA in scoring last year, but he takes too many bad shotsโ€”which could cause even more problems for this Warriors team.

Golden State also lost one of their top scorers in Jamal Crawford in a lopsided trade that brought in Atlanta Hawks backup's Speedy Claxton and Acie Law. Claxton previously played two years for the Warriors, and he experienced career high's in points, rebounds, steals, assists, and minutes.

Crawford averaged 20 points and four assists per game in his only season for Golden State. He is known for his scoring outbursts, and was second in scoring for the Warriors.

The Warriors have one of the youngest lineups in the league, headlined by fourth year guard Monta Ellis. Ellis is coming off of an injury-plagued season, caused by a scooter accident, after receiving a handsome contract that sets him up for life.

Ellis averaged 19 points and four rebounds in only 25 games last season, but is healthy now, and prepared to step up as the team's starting shooting guard.

Golden State will continued to be led by Stephen Jackson, who is going into his tenth year of the NBA. Jackson averaged a career high 21 points and six assists last year. He, like most of the team, suffered a number of injuries, and only played in 59 games.

The starting center for the team, Andris Biedrins, will also be returning healthy after sitting out 20 games last year. He was able to average a career high 12 points and 11 rebounds last year, despite the injuries that held him back.

The Summer league has been kindest to the Warriors, though, as it showed a lot of promise for Anthony Randolph and Anthony Morrow.

The two finished one-two in scoring, and Morrow had a Summer league record 47 points. Morrow only averaged 10 points last year, but this season he could face more minutes, and have a chance to prove himself on the NBA level.

Randolph was huge in the Summer league as well, playing alongside Morrow. Randolph averaged eight points and six rebounds in his first professional year, but could see more minutes at the power forward spot thanks to the performances he put on during the Summer league.

The Warriors are a team that has a lot of growing up to do, but with the coaching staff not planning on switching up the style of play, this team might appear to be heading on a downward slope.

The young talent on this team could in time lead this team to a postseason appearance, but Stephen Curry alone is not going to make a turnaround of those proportions.

Projected Starting Lineup

PG-Stephen Curry

SG-Monta Ellis

SF-Stephen Jackson

PF-Corey Maggette

C-Andris Biedrins

This is part nine of a 30-day series of 2009-10 season previews of each NBA team. My profile will contain every other team that has been previewed before.


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