Golden State Warriors:
Last year’s record: 26-56 (4th in Pacific Division)
Additions: Keith Smart (head coach), David Lee, Dorell Wright, Charlie Bell, Dan Gadzuric (traded for), Louis Amundson, Rodney Carney, Jeremy Lin (free agent signing), Ekpe Udoh (drafted)
Departures: Don Nelson (resigned) , Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, Corey Maggette, Kelenna Azubuike (traded)
Possible Starting Lineup: PG-Stephen Curry, SG- Monta Ellis, SF-Dorell Wright, PF- David Lee, C-Andris Biedrins
Picking up the pieces from a dismal 2009-2010 season, the Golden State Warriors look to rebuild with new management, new talent, and getting toward the positive side of .500.
With head coach Don Nelson leaving , former Indiana University star Keith Smart has taken over the helm and will have a lot of new faces to mix into his new system as they face a daunting task in the Pacific Division.
Led by point guard Stephen Curry (17.5 ppg, 5.9 apg, 1.9 spg), fresh off winning with Team USA at the FIBA Championships, he will look to use his experience from his impressive rookie year and the FIBA tournament to improve the Warriors. Along with him, Golden State’s leading scorer Monta Ellis (25.5 ppg) are the core of the offense left from last year. Center Andres Biedrins looks to adjust and improve on his abysmal free throw shooting prominent throughout his career.
There have been many changes made to the team in the off-season. The Warriors acquired All-Star forward David Lee from the Knicks in a trade for Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, and Kelenna Azubuike. Lee will bring to the table a chance for a double-double each game, including alot of hustle each night. New starting small forward Dorell Wright will have an opportunity to prove himself in a starting role.
Ekpe Udoh, the sixth pick in the NBA Draft out of Baylor, will look to get his feet wet at the professional level. He’ll possibly see some time on the court during the season, and perhaps could be a key component to Golden State’s future.
Being in the Western Conference and a division with the two-time defending NBA Champions (Lakers) and a perennial playoff team (Suns) will be difficult for a young rebuilding franchise like the Warriors for 2010-2011. However, with new managment, new vision, and a revamped logo, Golden State might be shining in the years to come.
About the Author
Written by Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan is a Staten Island, NY native who recently graduated SUNY-Cortland majoring in sport management. At Cortland, he was the sports editor of the student-run newspaper The Dragon Chronicle for both his junior and senior year. He interned for the sports producer and sports anchor Bruce Beck at WNBC-4 Sports in New York City for their 6:00 and 11:00 news programs. Also, he interned this summer for the New York Jets as a sports writer for their website during their training camp which was shown on HBO's Hard Knocks program. Assignments included writing feature stories that were included on both newyorkjets.com and the Jets Playbook given out to the fans at the game. Chris is a Yankees, Giants, Knicks and Rangers fan.