Season

Preview: Golden State Warriors

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STAYING: Leandro Barbosa, Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Stephen Curry, Festus Ezeli, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, James Michael McAdoo, Brandon Rush, Marreese Speights and Klay Thompson.

ADDED: Chris Babb (Boston), Kevon Looney (UCLA) and Jason Thompson (Sacramento).

GONE: Justin Holiday (Atlanta), Ognjen Kuzmic (Panathinaikos) and David Lee (Boston).

STRENGTHS: Best backcourt in the league … Perhaps in history … MVP Stephen Curry and All-Star Klay Thompson are borderline unstoppable … With his combination of shooting, dribbling and passing skills, Curry is a nightmare for opponents … Unlimited range … Thompson is not that far behind Curry in terms of shooting and is a significantly better defender … One of the top two-way two guards we’ve seen … Their two main workhorses are the MVP of the Finals (Andre Iguodala) and a borderline All-Star (Draymond Green), which may tell you something about the quality of the roster … They have one of the best young wing players in the NBA in Harrison BarnesAndrew Bogut gives the team a presence in the paint, which sometimes they don’t need since they are incredibly effective with the small ball … Solid bigs with the aforementioned Bogut, talented forward Marreese Speights, veteran Jason Thompson and the up-and-coming Festus Ezeli … Chemistry is fantastic … Very good depth … There’s a plethora of scorers and defensive stoppers … When you play the Warriors, it’s a struggle on both ends of the court … Terrific fast-break team … Hard to keep up  with that pace … No drama in the locker room so far with positive leadership from the stars and coach Steve Kerr … They have fun playing unselfish basketball … Terrific home-court advantage at Oracle Arena.

WEAKNESSES: Hard to stay hungry when you’ve won big … They basically didn’t have to deal with any adversity last season and that’s not very common in the NBA – especially health-wise … Average rebounding team … Not the most athletic squad around … Hard rotation to handle for Kerr with so much talent on the roster … Potential for bruised egos? … We’re mostly nitpicking: They don’t have major issues/flaws.

PREDICTION: 1st in the Pacific Division / 1st in the Western Conference.

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