Heading into the 2012-2013 season, the Warriors appear to be a decent team. They have a solid starting five and a deep bench. It is completely possible that they could be one of the top eight teams in the Western conference, which has gotten Warriors fans excited about the "P" word. However, this is not the real reason Warriors fans should feel positive about the franchise. We should feel positive because the front office has done a lot of good things, which bodes well for the Warriors' future.
This offseason, the Warriors did not have a lot of cap space, so they weren't big players in the free agent market. However, they made some very good deals. They signed Carl Landry to a short contract, which gives the Warriors cap flexibility while gaining a good bench player. They didn't overpay for Brandon Rush after he had a career year, ultimately re-signing him on a one year deal. This bodes well for the future, because the front office has shown that it will be smart about its cap space.
The Warriors made a great trade last year, trading Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh for Stephen Jackson and Andrew Bogut. Despite Monta's popularity, the truth was that he never led the Warriors to a winning record when he was "the man." Moreover, the Warriors already had many offensive weapons. They needed a defensive stopper, and they got one. It was also a great trade in the sense that the Warriors did not lose their draft pick to the Utah Jazz, although the coaching staff also deserves a large amount of praise for throwing the last game of the season.
Nate had a great interview with Kirk Lacob about the Warriors and their approach to using advanced stats. It is incredibly positive to see how they are trying to get an advantage by using stats. It will be interesting to see how the coaching staff combines stats with traditional coaching. Will they make subtle changes to the defense depending on the opponent? How will they get Curry the shots he wants? All these questions make the new season very exciting.
The Warriors have also shown great improvements in scouting, as well. They have obviously concentrated more resources on scouting and drafting, which has paid off. Not only did they draft Klay Thompson, who has turned out to be a very good shooter, the Warriors have also been aggressive in the second round in their attempt to find a "diamond in the rough." Although their attempts have been unsuccessful so far (Jenkins, Tyler), it is great to see that the Warriors are attempting to take advantage of what they view as an market inefficiency. As a corollary to this, it's also nice to see the Warriors focusing more on developing players to get the most out of their draft picks.
The Warriors front office has changed a lot from the Cohan days. They have invested more in developing their own players, and make smart plays for free agents in the market. This past year, the front office has made several good moves. So, even if the Warriors don't make the playoffs this year, the future looks very bright, and that is the real reason we should feel positive about the Warriors team.