Golden State Warriors 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Golden State Warriors 2016 Preview
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The Golden State Warriors have a bitter taste in their mouth after winning 73 games last season and falling short in the NBA Finals. The Warriors made a key addition during the offseason and now hope to win their second title in three seasons.
Can the Warriors redeem themselves and make more history?
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Here is your 2016 Golden State Warriors NBA preview.
Key Player Losses: The Warriors lost a lot of role players this offseason, as Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights, Leandro Barbosa, Festus Ezeli and Andrew Bogut all find themselves on new teams. All five of those guys were contributors during the Warriors success, and Barnes started 246 games in his four seasons with the franchise. Barbosa made countless key shots off the bench and Bogut was the enforcer in the starting lineup. It’ll be interesting to see who steps up and replaces much of the Warriors bench that’s now gone.
Key Player Additions: The Warriors made the minor addition of signing Kevin Durant, who is only a seven time All Star, 2014 MVP and widely considered a top-three player in the league. Durant is not only a massive upgrade over Barnes at small forward, but he gives the Warriors possibly the best starting five in NBA history. With limited cap space, the Warriors took flyers on veteran big men Zaza Pachulia and David West. While those guys will enter the season with a combined age of 68 years old, they’re tough, physical players who will do a lot of the dirty work in the paint. They also replace what Bogut brought to the team.
Draft: The Warriors drafted versatile wing Patrick McCaw and center Damian Jones. McCaw is a playmaker with supreme confidence and may have a future in this league, but he’s currently buried behind Klay Thompson and Ian Clark. Jones could very well backup Pachulia at the five spot due to a lack of depth at the position.
Outlook: The Warriors have a starting five of Stephen Curry, Thompson, Durant, Draymond Green and Pachulia. Need I say more? The Warriors ae championship or bust and there’s no inbetween. In fact, if Golden State doesn’t win the title, you’ll see criticism like never before. However, while head and shoulders the favorites to win the trophy, Golden State still lacks size, rim protection and depth. Everyone falls in love with the starting five, but it was the bench that helped make the Warriors really scary. That’s no longer there. Also, teams will continue to eat in the paint against this team. So, while the favorites and a team that’s going to win a ton of games, there’s flaws that can be exposed here.