Golden State Warriors 2012-13 NBA Preview

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Golden State Warriors

2011-12 Vitals:

23-43, 4th in Pacific Division, 13th in Western Conference
97.8 PPG/101.2 OPP PPG

2012-13 Roster:

Harrison Barnes – SF
Kent Bazemore – SG
Andris Biedrins – C
Andrew Bogut – C
Stephen Curry – PG
Festus Ezeli – C
Draymond Green – SF
Jarrett Jack – PG
Richard Jefferson – SF
Charles Jenkins – G
Ognjen Kuzmic – C
Carl Landry – PF
David Lee – PF
Brandon Rush – SG
Klay Thompson – G
Jeremy Tyler – F

Offseason Additions:

Harrison Barnes, Jarrett Jack, Carl Landry, Festus Ezeli, Draymond Green

Offseason Subtractions:

Dorell Wright, Nate Robinson

Projected Starters:

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Klay Thompson
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – David Lee
C – Andrew Bogut

Season Outlook:

The Golden State Warriors made their big move last season when they shipped Monta Ellis off to the Milwaukee Bucks and acquired Andrew Bogut in return.

This year, they’re excited about their prospects of having a healthy lineup and a deep bench for the first time in Mark Jackson’s tenure as coach. He was supposed to bring a defensive mindset but hasn’t had the personnel, until now.

With a dynamic inside-outside game, the Warriors are going to be better than they were last year and could even push their way into the Western Conference playoffs.

Best-Case Scenario:

The injury bug doesn’t bite and the Warriors are able to put a talented team that matches up against all but the elite teams in the NBA. Stephen Curry plays at an All-Star level and Andrew Bogut shores up the paint. Warriors make the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference but can’t get by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Worst-Case Scenario:

Curry’s ankle is worse than anticipated and Bogut can’t stay healthy. The young guys don’t make the transition to the NBA game and we start to see why “good on paper” doesn’t always translate to real life. Warriors miss the playoffs again and start to question Mark Jackson’s ability to lead.

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