Marc Stein over at ESPN.com is ranking the offseasons of the NBA squads. He wrote about the East several days ago and today he dropped his rankings for the West. Over the past 12 years (see The Dirty Dozen: Part I | Part II | Part III) the closest the Warriors have come to 5th place has been in the Pacific Division, but Stein has the Dubs in the 5th spot for best summer in the West:
8-10 wins better? That seems like a little bit too generous.
No one out there knows the Warriors better than the GSoM community, so drop some knowledge. Does adding Nellie magically transform the Warriors into a 42-44 win team from their pathetic 34 win showing last season? Remember the Warrior roster is actually worse than last year's with the salary dump of Derek Fisher who was usually the 2nd best performer on the team last season when Baron was struggling with injuries. We should expect improvement from the players, but then again wasn't last season supposed to be a breakout for Mike Dunleavy and Mickael Pietrus?