Warning: This post will be nerdy. It will reference empirical fact, yet mix it with basketball hokum. Please don't take it that seriously.
In a league where you're only as good as your best three guys, it makes sense that the NBA's elite teams often have featured three guys capable of posting a plus 20 Player Efficiency Rating. San Antonio (Manu, Timmy, Tony), and L.A. (Kobe, Pau, Andrew) have done it, and the other big boys are damned close (Disney World, Boston). The Cavs are a notable exception, but they compensate by having an otherwordly PER machine in LBJ.
Well I got news for ya: The Dubs can make a run at the hallowed PER triple crown. Monta has gotten to the 19 mark and so has Biedrins. These two are just entering their respective primes, and I believe that at least one if not both of these overly maligned players can reach PER glory by season's end.
I personally think the MoPed incident stirred an overreaction from many Dubs fans. Please, just take a deep breath and remember that the handchecking rules were changed a few years back. No one can stay in front of Monta (least of all, Monta, but that's a different matter). I hear constant hand-wringing about Ellis not being a "true point guard." I'm sorry, did I miss something? Have I enterd a time warp where players still sport tighty-whitey-length shorts, and the spectre of cocaine hangs over the entire league? A bizarro world where fans and coaches alike can chain smoke cigs court side? We're in an era of smallish effective score-first PGs (Brooks, Nelson, Parker, Terry, Mo-Will, Sessions, etc.). If Ellis can get 25 pts, on 50% shooting next year, then all the power to him. But I digress...
So where could that extra plus 20 PER come from? I'm hoping (we're all hoping) Randolph. AR nabbed an impressive 16.94 rating in his rookie year, and could easily punch over the 20 mark. If not AR, then perhaps the oft-criticized Brandan Wright. BW notched a 18.77 last year and should improve once the Warriors move his coffin bed to the practice facility (He looks like Dracula, it's a lame joke I know...also, he looks like Devin Harris stretched from all angels, okay, sorry, moving on). Wright, who has earned a bust label from some-despite looking like a more athletic LaMarcus Aldridge in limited playing time-could be our unsung path to the vaunted PER trifecta.
The overarching point of this post isn't really about PER. It's that this team is fine. Fine enough to not blow up for some ersatz superstar savior (I'm looking at you, MicroSTATure). Our historical flaw has been impatience. We never see our rebuilding through to a logical conclusion. Right now, I'm looking at a team brimming with young talent, fully capable of a playoff run. Better defense is needed, but that usually comes with age and an actual team defense philosophy. We built for the future. The only thing standing in the way of future success is myopic meddling.