We're at the halfway point of the 2009-2010 Golden State Warriors campaign and now is as good a time as any to look back at our preview madness:
2009-2010 Golden State Warriors Preview
- Anthony Morrow: Ammo + Chocolate Rain
- Stephen Jackson: O Captain, My Captain
- Speedy Claxton/ Devean George, Acie Law: Wouldn't Count on It
- Brandan Wright: Injury Prone
- Stephen Curry: Let There Be Hope
- Monta Ellis: Back in the Saddle
- Corey Maggette: The 6th Wonder of the Oracle
- Anthony Randolph: Hope Beyond the Hype
- C.J. Watson: Storm-a-brewin'?
- Mikki Moore: Ronny Turiaf Sr.
- Ronny Turiaf: Still Gettin' Hyphy
- Andris Biedrins: The Forgotten Warrior
- Kelenna Azubuike: The Price is Right
We laugh, we cry, and well... we're mostly crying right now.
The Good News: The Dubs are only 10.5 games out of the playoffs as of writing.
The Bad News: The Dubs have the 3rd worst record in the entire league right now as of writing.
The Best News: John Wall.
And now it's time for the midterm report cards...
Out for the Season
Brandan Wright: A
B-Wright did an exceptional job in the TV booth the other night with Bob and Jim on CSN Bay Area and he hasn't looked lost on the court once the entire season!
Kelenna Azubuike: B+
Buike is still a black hole for a swingman (even Corey Maggette doubles his assist totals), but before he went down with an unfortunate season-ending left patella tendon injury Azubuike was on his way to having another solid season. Kaz's efficient scoring and rebounding are sorely missed.
Raja Bell: A
On a night when he could have easily just enjoyed the courtside seats, Bell stepped up an pitched in some solid minutes for Nellie and his teammates. That speaks volumes about his commitment. I know it's tough for a vet to play for a young, losing squad (just ask ol' Captain Jack), but here's hoping the Warriors can bring him back next season in a key defensive role.
Gone but Never Forgotten
Stephen Jackson: F
Hopefully a few years from now we'll forget that this was the year Captain Jack became Captain Jack- well it's a family show, so we won't go there. It's really too bad he had to go out with such an immature tantrum. The word "fraud" comes to mind.
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Acie Law IV: C
I can't say I really expected much from him, but the few times he played he was steady enough. Good luck AC.
Mikki Moore: C+
When Warriors GM Larry Riley signed MIKEY this offseason it was to be the team's backup to the backup center. He wound up playing way too many minutes with not that much production largely because of injury and partly to Anthony Randolph's lack of coach-ability, but I can't fault him for the effort and attitude. Wishing you nothing but the best MIKEY. May you find your way to a contender in the 2010 NBA Playoffs.
Golden State of D-Leaguers
Chris Hunter: C
I think Nellie said it best [Inside Bay Area]:
"I have a love-hate relationship with him, he's been good and bad and never ordinary," Golden State coach Don Nelson said before Friday's game against Milwaukee. "But I guess when you play inconsistently, you play inconsistently.
"He's had good games, you know, and I like him very much and I think he could be a good NBA player, but he'll (also) let his guard down and not play very well."
Cartier Martin: D+
Great effort, great hustle, and fantastic rebounding for a swingman (6.5 rpg per 36), but the 36.7% FG from a complete non-passer isn't going to cut it in the big leagues.
Anthony Tolliver: B-
Admittedly it's only been 4 games, so it's tough to really get a good read. The 40.5% FG isn't going to cut it, but more games like Saturday night's 19-11 performance beating the likes of Amare Stoudemire will boost this grade up to "Unstoppable, baby!" levels by April.
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Expiring Contracts- Nothing more and nothing less
Devean George: D
He's like Marco Belinelli in 2 years- I'm not really sure why he's still in the league.
Speedy Claxton: A
Craig moves so fast I didn't even see him on the court this entire season!
Still Standing (I think)
Monta Ellis: A-
If it weren't for the battling for the league's all-time turnover record and a tad bit of ball-hogging, Ellis would be A material. With all these injuries and poor roster, Nellie has asked him to do a ton and he's responded. Can't knock the hustle, especially with the huge improvements on defensive end in terms of effort.
Corey Maggette: A
If you're a contender with something decent to offer (draft picks, young talent, ill-fitting superstar, etc), step right up, Mr. Maggette is your man. We could nitpick, but it's really tough to find much fault with a baller getting nearly 21ppg nightly on only 12 shots. Monta might get all the All-Star snub attention, but Maggette is the real All-Star on this team right now. He's kicked off the new decade with a BANG, averaging 29 ppg (56.7% FG), 7.3 rpg, and 3.9 apg. Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, and contender wannabe's- the phone lines are now open.
Stephen Curry: B
I'd like to see those silly turnovers get cut down, but Kid Curry has already made tremendous strides so far this season in terms of defense and scoring. His shooting has been even better than advertised (47.9% FG and 50.9% 3pt through 11 games in January). The assist volume could be higher, but the rebounding (~4 rpg) from a smallish guard by NBA standards has really impressed me. Don't look now but Stef-fun might make a late run at the 2010 Rookie of the Year honors.
Anthony Morrow: C
Please don't ever, ever, ever pass up a 3pt shot! There's been real flashes of improvement by Ammo on the hardwood this season. He's add some nice moves to his repertoire to take his man off the dribble and finish in a really sneaky way (hook shots, pump fakes, etc). Sadly in the aggregate his scoring rate, rebound rate, and assist rate have all declined or shown no significant improvement since last season. Here's hoping we see a surge in the 2nd half of this season from the man.
Andris Biedrins: F
This 9 million dollar Warriors franchise cornerstone and building block has lost basically every single matchup against the opposing center this season. Top 5, top 10, top what center? The real question is can he get to the 20% FT mark by the end of this season? Leading the league in airballed free throws ain't helping the situation.
Ronny Turiaf: F
The other half of the Warriors formerly-mediocre-now-horrible center tandem hasn't done all that much this season either. His rebounding rate thus far is the worst of his career, which isn't a good thing for a "banger" big man who doesn't rebound that well in the first place. Ronny's shoe selection really needs to improve as well.
Anthony Randolph: C-
Easily this season's biggest disappointment. That breakout campaign that seemed all but guaranteed has been nowhere to be found. AR hasn't arrived and it's not entirely clear whether that will ever happen in the near future, on this team, or ever.
Vlad has not been all that rad since coming over from the BETcats. It's refreshing to see him willing to do the little things, but the Warriors need him to do the big things like put the ball in the bucket at a decent rate.
C.J. Watson: C
I honestly can't get a good read on the Quiet Storm at all. He rotates between very nice backup guard to D-League material over the course of a few games. It's equally unclear why Otis Smith and the Orlando Magic were lusting after him this past offseason.
Front Office, Coaching, and (mis)Management
Larry Riley: B
Don Nelson: C
Chris Cohan: F
Robert Rowell: F
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My 2009-2010 Golden State Warriors Midterm Grades