San Francisco’s professional basketball team probably made the best addition to any championship team ever, but will it succeed in the end?
It has been only two years since the Warriors lifted the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy in Cleveland, Ohio. The “Dubs” defeated two monsters in one series, their drought of championships since the 70’s and the best player in the world LeBron James. With this win came confidence, and an abundance of it. Following that season, Golden State attained a 73-9 win record with little tweaking of their well balanced roster, breaking a regular season record previously held by Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls. Even with this legendary season, the Warriors failed.
As the game changing baseball manager, Billy Beane once said, no one cares if you don’t win it all in the end. You can win your division, you can go all the way to game 7 of the finals, but if you can’t win it all, no one cares. Anything less than that trophy is a loss. Curry and company lost, they had an undeniably great season, without a follow up championship.
As the Cavaliers celebrated a win after for Ohio, Golden State went to the drawing board. Coming out of a summer making calls, and much negotiating, the Warriors acquire a top 5 talent in Kevin Durant and a handful of skillful role players with experience.
The NBA season starts in less than a month, and the question will still remain to be answered. Is this Warriors team possibly the greatest on paper NBA of all-time?
David West- West is coming off a mediocre season with an aging Spurs team averaging seven points a game, half as much as his average two years ago of 14 a game. For David, this season is his chance at a championship, something he has been chasing since he signed with Indiana in the 2010-2011 season. D-West will prove to be a decent pick and pop big man for the Oakland based team, but will his age play a unfortunate factor in that success?
Zaza Pachulia- Pachulia is one of the most over looked big men in the NBA today, unless you talk to a native of his home country Georgia. Zaza spent last season in Dallas where he averaged nearly a double-double a game as the Mavericks’ starting center. This season he looks to reprise that role with the Warriors. Pachulia not only has the skill to replace former center Andrew Bogut, who he was the successor of Milwauke, but he comes at a minuscule price of 2.9 mil a year. This contract makes him one of the biggest bargains of a free agency where an abundance of money was thrown.
Damian Jones (rookie)- At 21 years old, 7 footer Damian Jones boasts a decent 3 year stint at Vanderbilt, averaging 13 points a game along with 2 blocks and 6 rebounds for his career with Commodores. Jones has an eerily similar game to his alma matter acquaintance Festus Ezeli, who was an important piece of Golden State Warriors championship puzzle. With great defensive abilities, and immense size, Damian will replace Festus as an energy big , just like he did at VU.
Javale McGee- Veteran big man McGee has been passed around the league for many years. In spite of his moments on court that leave him looking absent minded, Javale could flourish in a change of scenery. Much like fellow NBA players Lance Stephenson and Ty Lawson, the right opportunity is needed. Javale McGee signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Warriors this summer. The bid Golden State holds on McGee is low risk with a high reward.
Patrick McCaw- This UNLV guard possesses great speed and finishing ability. Patrick uses his speed to slide past defenders on fast break or uses his quick pull up jumper in half court situations. The 6’6″ product retains the abilities of former Warriors guard Leandro Barbosa, yet with much room to develop.
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Hey everyone, I am proud to say I am back and ready to start writing on my blog. It’s been a long time away and I greatly miss it. Thanks for your patience as I get the blog started up again.
I haven’t been very active on my current sites, Bassketball On My Mind, Basketball in The Swamp, Indiana Legacy, and Real Rap. I am looking forward to launching this new site were I can express all my personal interest such as: movie making, Marvel comics, NFL, NBA, and college football and basketball. I should have the site up in half an hour, when I will post a link to it.
As I do start up this blog again, I look to elevate it to a very elite status. If you (my viewers) don’t mind, I would like to receive some ideas from you. I understand that I may not have the greatest ideas, so I am open to other suggestions.
Even though the draft is already over, and has been for some time, I still see the need to post my thoughts about it, so here it is.
I thought the biggest shocker in the draft were these words, “with the second pick in the draft the Charlotte Bobcats select Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.” I mean, I really respect MKG, and he has great defense, as I learned first hand when Kentucky went up against Florida, but he is just not what they need. Many say he is just a defensive guy, which I believe, because he wasn’t the first option scorer at Kentucky either. What Charlotte needs is a scorer and I thought that would have been provided in Bradley Beal, Thomas Robinson, or even Dion Waiters. Michael continues to make bad choices and we have to ask, “what will happen to Charlotte?, Will the Carolinas lose another NBA basketball team because of the bad choices of their state hero?”
The only other thing I really need to talk about was my Indiana Pacers drafting Miles Plumlee. I have to admit as soon as I heard his name and the word “Pacers.” It really ruined my week, I was like, “How can you pick Miles Plumlee over Marquis Teague (who went to high school in Indianapolis), Draymond Green, and Perry Jones III? I mean, what is Larry Bird thinking?” Well now I know what Larry Legend was up to. I watched Miles in summer league and he is at totally different player from the guy I saw at Duke. He has great post moves he hustles and he doesn’t look like he will get injured easily (cough, Perry Jones III got injured almost right away).
To Larry Bird, thanks for thinking of our well being instead of the obvious choice.
Hi everyone, as you can tell I have sort of taken a break from my blog. Back in March, I just kinda felt like Michael Jordan before his first retirement. We all know and could see that MJ just didn’t have the motivation to play the game anymore. I have to say it was exactly the way I felt about blogging. I enjoyed just relaxing this summer playing basketball and watching summer league with my friends, but I miss posting my ideas and thoughts on this blog. So you can expect much from me especially as I go into the school year and have nothing to do after my homework gets finished. Thanks for being patient, and I hope I can provide some great analysis for the season.
I have seen a lot of great games over this time including the Pacers, Heat playoff series, so I have some great stuff.