Golden State Warriors 2009-2010 Season-In-Review

Mihir Bhagat@mihirbhagatSenior Analyst IIIApril 20, 2010

The 2010 NBA Playoffs are underway and, for the 15th time in 16 seasons, the Golden State Warriors will be watching it at home.

The team earned a record of 26-14 (.314), which tied them for the fourth worst in the league. It was a season filled with a lot of disappointing moments.

The Warriors continued to play Nellie ball which consists of a high-octane offense. This style of play has enticed fans all across the league and makes the Warriors an extremely entertaining team to watch. In fact, the team ranked second in points scored, only behind the division-rival Phoenix Suns.

Meanwhile, though, their defense simply couldn’t stop anyone. They allowed the most points in the league with 112.4

While it may not seem so, this season was rather significant.

It all started with the Captain Jack saga, which Warriors fans probably won’t forget for a while. Early in the season, he made it clear that he was disgruntled with the organization, and wanted out.

The trade was inevitable, but few expected that they would get such little value for him. On November 17, the team traded him to the Charlotte Bobcats for Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic: two low-impact players.

The message was clear. The team was in rebuilding mode.

The one positive note that came from the move was the emergence of Stephen Curry. With Jackson gone, Curry was given a much larger role, with which he firmly capitalized on.
Curry, the seventh overall pick in last year’s draft, had a spectacular rookie campaign, and showed a lot of promise for the future.

He averaged 17.5 points, 5.9 assists, and 4.5 rebounds, numbers that may make him the prestigious Rookie of The Year.

His all-around solid play was truly impressive, considering his mediocre supporting cast. He truly demonstrated his ability to be a franchise point guard.

It is apparent that him and fellow backcourt mate, Monta Ellis, can coexist and carry the team; something the Warriors should be pleased about moving forward.

Unfortunately, the primary reason the team struggled was because their roster was plagued with devastating injuries throughout the season.

The lineup was constantly changing, and they were forced to sign several D-Leaguers. The inability to respond well to the setbacks proved that they weren’t a very deep or tough squad; which adds to the long list of changes that must be made.

Luckily, the season ended on a positive note. During the last week of the season, in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Head Coach Don Nelson proudly set the all-time coaching wins record with 1333. In an interview before the season’s final game against the Utah Jazz, the 70-year-old coach expressed his desire to continue to coach next season.

However, several fans, including myself, have been frustrated with Nelson’s lack of wins recently, and are hoping the team parts ways with him.

Heading into the offseason, the team’s number one priority will be to find a dominant big man who can drastically improve their post defense and rebounding.

They will have a high lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft and could use it on Kentucky’s star freshmen center, DeMarcus Cousins.

Moreover, another possibility could be to lure in a marquee free agent such as five-time All Star, Chris Bosh.

Of course, that aside, there is a lot to look forward to. The team is young and loaded with tremendous potential. I am confident that they can turn things around and get back on the track of success into the playoffs and beyond for years to come.


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