The regular season is almost here, and with that comes incessant optimism and the overvaluing on your favorite players. As much as us Warriors fans would like to want it to happen, Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut will most likely not play more than 150 games combined. Once we can accept that realization and temper our expectations, the season will be easier to stomach.
In a preview written today by Tom Ziller, he notes that the Warriors are lacking significant depth behind Andrew Bogut.
This is obviously a concern going forward, as Coach Jackson can't find any reason to trust Andris Biedrins who has been playing poorly for over two seasons now after showing double-double promise a couple years back. The growth of Festus Ezeli is especially promising but he is still a rookie and like any, he will go through defensive adjustments and the speed of the game.
The concern I don't have is the depth behind the forwards and guards. With Jarrett Jack, Brandon Rush, Harrison Barnes, Carl Landry, and Charles Jenkins, I see no reason why they should be playing Curry and Klay Thompson over 35 minutes a game. There shouldn't be fatigue issues at all if defensive specialists Kent Bazemore can step up in a Dominic McGuire-type role.
Health, health, health, and the defensive transformation is key, according to Tom Ziller. Everyone knows that this team certainly has the potential, but it still remains to be seen how the offense will be run. Right now that is a concern with Bogut limited. Will they run an up-and-down system where Curry will thrive or the slow-it-down offense with pick-and-rolls and taking advantage of Bogut's passing prowess?
I believe they will attempt to do both especially with Curry running one of the most effective pick-and-rolls, there is no reason he can't run both style. Some may disagree with Curry playing point guard but he has shown flashes of talent. Coach Jackson can also switch the lineups and shift Curry to shooting guard while playing Jack at the point. The line-up possibilities are endless and certainly something to watch for.
Questions abound but the bottom line is that if this team can keep improving, they should be a force for the foreseeable future. When was the last time we said that about the Warriors?