The Golden State Warriors were one of the 10 best teams in the NBA last season, but in the loaded Western Conference, that qualification barely even got them into the playoffs. As the sixth seed in the West, the Dubs took the third-seeded Los Angeles Clippers to seven games without their defensive anchor, Andrew Bogut. The West is still unbelievably brutal, but the Warriors aren’t as far away from contending for a title as some might think.
So how do they take that final step from being a fun playoff team to one of the elite powers in the league? As always, winning a title takes a little bit of luck with injuries, and we’ll cover that in-depth a little bit later on. But suffice it to say that if the Dubs have these five things going for them in 2014-15, nobody will want anything to do with them come playoff time.