The Warriors are one of if not the deepest teams in the league. If we play true Nellie ball, why can't we make the playoffs.
I have seen a lot of pessimistic talk on this blog with the exception of unrealistic trade scenarios. I think we are not giving our players enough credit. Let's start with Monta and move down. Monta Ellis was slowed by injury last year, but he was still a transformational player for the Warriors because of his overall speed. We won about half of our games he started for us last year, when our team was less good last year than it should be this year. Monta is a human fast break who can run with anyone and if the warriors run on every possession we can exhaust bigger teams and get either tired stars or into weaker backups. Morrow, is one of the best shooters in the league, while improving his rebounding and defense constantly. Jackson gets a lot of crap because he takes a lot of shots and turns the ball over, but the warriors won't need that next year. If he is the best player on your team, like he arguably was last year, you are in trouble. If he is third and possibly fourth depending on the development of Randolph, then we have the possibility of being very good. Randolph has not just blown away the summer league, but been invited to play with the best young players in the NBA, which should just further his development. When he and Biedrins play together, they change the warriors from being a minus rebounding team to a plus rebounding team for the first time since I can ever remember and I have been a warriors fan for two decades. Even with Run TMC, we were never a great rebounding team. Randolph has added an inch and 10 pounds of muscle and should be an exciting power forward next year, with the potential to be a star. Biedrins is still only 23 and continues to develop, which is great news given he was almost an all star last year.
We have Magette, who despite having one of the worst contracts in the NBA, is still one of the top 5 6th men in the league, who can rack up fouls on the players covering him. Curry was one of the most coveted draft picks and despite his shot not falling in summer league and less passing than I would like, he performed like someone who can contribute right away. Buike is a plus backup sf with great athleticism and an ability to hit a 3 and put up points in bunches. Finally Turiaf received votes for defensive player of the year and is arguably the best backup center in the league. Brandon Wright, when he was not hurt, (I know that is a key exemption and he is the warriors greatest liability) was a very efficient player with a PER of 18 and loads of potential and the possibility of a breakout. Then we have Bellinelli, who can be an exciting backup point and can light up the scoreboard when hot. We need another reserve big, maybe diogu. Finally we have Speedy Claxton, who might mercifully retire, but might contribute and Acie Law who looks completely useless.
Just remember that the Hornets and Rockets are not locks for the playoffs and the Suns will probably be worse this year, than they were next. Our biggest competition will be the Zombie Sonics and the Clips who probably have too may players and question marks for their own good, especially given the fact they probably have the worst coach in the league.