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Watchability Rankings: No. 2 Warriors
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On October 3, 2013 @ 11:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports
USA TODAY Sports’ Adi Joseph and Sean Highkin will be counting down NBA teams based on watchability for the upcoming 2013-14 season. We’ll go one team a day, from least-watchable to most, giving you an idea of what to keep an eye out for this season. Today, we continue with the No. 2 Golden State Warriors:
2012-13 record: 47-35, sixth in Western Conference
Adi Joseph’s 2013-14 record projection: 53-29, fifth in Western Conference
Two best players: PG Stephen Curry (22.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.9 assists a game), SF Andre Iguodala (13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists a game).
Overview: The Warriors pulled off the biggest upset of the 2013 playoffs, beating the third-seeded Denver Nuggets on the back of Curry’s lights-out shooting and coach Mark Jackson’s team-first philosophy. Golden State missed out on Dwight Howard after a spirited push in free agency this summer but got a terrific consolation prize in Iguodala. The former Nuggets forward is a lockdown defender who can play both wing positions and is a deadly scorer in transition. His versatility and defensive impact give the Warriors lots of options in playing different variations lineups involving Curry, Klay Thompson, Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, David Lee and Andrew Bogut, depending on matchups. If Curry and Bogut stay healthy, this team might be more than a threat to merely win a playoff series.
WHY YOU CAN’T MISS THEM
The “Splash Brothers”: Jackson has called Curry and Thompson the best-shooting backcourt in NBA history. Whether or not that’s overstating the case, there’s no better shooter in the league right now than Curry. He broke Ray Allen’s record for three-pointers made in a season last year and is a career 44.6% shooter from beyond the arc.
A healthy Aussie in the middle: Bogut’s career has been plagued by leg and foot injuries, but in the playoffs last year, the Australian center showed the kind of impact he can have on the defensive end. Coming into training camp, Bogut says he’s healthier than he’s been in years.
A new defensive leader: Bogut isn’t the only defensive threat the Warriors have in their arsenal. The addition of Iguodala is … [For more on NBA Watchability Rankings: No. 2 Golden State Warriors, click here.]
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