The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
Last season had a number of surprised but very few were bigger than the playoff run that the Golden State Warriors went on to close out the year. They went into Denver and beat one of the best home court teams in the year, then stretched the San Antonio Spurs in a high shooting series. With coach Mark Jackson at the helm this is one of the most interesting teams to watch into the coming season of NBA action.
Golden State will start and end with the play of Stephen Curry. The young point guard ended the season averaging 22.9 points per game and averaging 6.9 assists. What as perhaps even more impressive is the fact that he shot 45 percent from the floor but had a higher ranking when shooting from beyond the three point line. He powered the Warriors through their playoff run and in the end he's the catalyst as to how far this unit goes.
David Lee is a big cog in this team as well. He's been a double-double machine for a while in the NBA and last year he ended with 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds on the season. With Andre Iguodala on the team the Warriors have another utility player who can score but does other things as well. He still needs to increase his overall scoring to become the viable option that he's often characterized to be. Harrison Barnes is expected to keep the small forward position and with this being his second year in the year in the league expect an increase in his scoring into double figure areas. Andrew Bogut dealt with injuries last season but should be included into the starting lineup for this team.
The Warriors showed great improvement when it counted last season so now their ceiling has been pushed higher for this year. Golden State should make the playoffs this year and potentially win one series during the post season.
Expected Starting Roster with 2012-2013 stats
Stephen Curry, PG: 22.9 PPG, 6.9 APG
Andre Iguodala, SG: 13 PPG, 5.4 APG
Harrison Barnes, SF: 9.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG
David Lee, PF: 18.5 PPG, 11.2 APG
Andrew Bogut, C: 5.8 PPG, 7.7 RPG
Expected Season Finish
8th in the Western Conference