Roster Breakdown (Starters in Bold)
- PG - Stephen Curry, Charles Jenkins
- SG - Monta Ellis, Brandon Rush
- SF - Dorell Wright, Klay Thompson, Dominic McGuire
- PF - David Lee, Ekpe Udoh
- C - Andris Biedrins, Kwame Brown, Jeremy Tyler
I want so badly this team make the playoffs and I think that if there was ever a chance for them to sneak in this would be the year. It's a shortened season and everyone wants to conserve energy, but Golden State doesn't play like that at all... even with new coach Mark Jackson (yes that Mark Jackson) at the helm. (ed: Momma there goes that man!) I think the difference is going to be that their interior defense will be much more improved (I feel like the perimeter defense is something completely different). They added Kwame Brown (...yes..that Kwame Brown) and traded for Brandon Rush, both(among many other things) are pretty good defenders. Pencil in around 25pts for Monta Ellis, 18ish for David Lee and around 20 for Steph Curry who is still getting better. I do think the rookie Klay Thompson(who I like) can get the job done eventually but may not be as ready for big minutes as recent departure Reggie Williams was to get the ball and shoot it effectively.
It has to be Andris Biedrins no question. 2 years ago he was averaging 12 pts 11 rebs and almost 2 blocks a game. He suddenly hit a tailspin (or torpedoed, your pick) and he looks almost like a shell of his former self (5 pts, 7 rebs and 1 block last year). I don't know the issue for his 2 season slump so it might be hard to regain that focus, but if this team is going to sneak around the playoff hunt he's going to have to be nearly back to his old self again.
Predicted Finish9th in the West