Golden State Warriors: 5 Steps To Title Contention

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December 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Draymond Green (23) is congratulated by point guard Stephen Curry (30) and center Andrew Bogut (12) for making a basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Mavericks 95-93. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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