Golden State Warriors: From Confused to a Contender

derrick brownContributor IJuly 11, 2010

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The Golden State Warriors have been lost for the past few seasons. Over the last decade they’ve given away so many gifts you’d think Saint Nicholas was their GM.

But like your mother always said,”If you give, you shall receive.” And finally, good times are back in the Bay.

Quietly, Larry Riley has assembled a winner. In the midst of very questionable signings and departures—namely Anthony Randolph—it seems as if there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

Riley’s vision was to bring organization and structure to Nelson’s chaotic idea of a basketball team.

First, by tricking Milwaukee into acquiring Maggette, we have freed up enough cap space to make a nice signing next free agency period.

Next, they trade for Lee. Among everything he brings, it’s the rebounding and post play which excites the franchise. Pick-and-rolls with Curry/Ellis and Lee will be a conscious nightmare for any team.

The Warriors needed to address this strange defense thing that has been plaguing the team for as long as I can remember.

Dorell Wright is certainly a step in the right direction to end the defensive woes. At 6’9, Wright provides the length and quickness to lock down the premier guards and forwards in the league. His range and athleticism plays perfectly into the up-tempo style Nelson has mastered.

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Now with Lee, Udoh, B.Wright and healthy Biedrins we can finally compete on the boards. The length of our gangly interior should lessen the rebounding disparity.

At the beginning of last season, there was plenty of talk of separating the Curry-Ellis backcourt. As the season progressed they proved to be the most potent guard combo in the NBA. The decision to keep the pair together was undervalued, but I see you Riley.

Barring injury this team is a playoff team, who will in a short time begin to contend for championships

Here is the depth chart as of right now:

PG - Stephen Curry, CJ Watson
- Monta Ellis
- Dorell Wright, Reggie Williams
- David Lee, Brandan Wright, Ekpe Udoh
- Andris Biedrins, Chris Hunter, Anthony Tolliver

Thank You, Mr. Riley.