Golden State’s second-year forward Draymond Green was not messing around during press conferences September 18 when he told media that the Warriors’ versatility gives them the potential to "annihilate" teams.
Green added, We’ve got so much firepower where there’s so many things that can be done … if you want to go all defensive shutdown team, you can go there. You want to go all super athletic quick team, you can go there. You want to go (with) a big team, you can go there. You want a crazy shooting team, you can go there."
Draymond Green’s bold, enthusiastic attitude will be a big advantage for a team with many calm players. Courtesy of Cary Edmonson/USA TODAY SPORTS
The emergence of the Warriors last season has fans and players in the organization alike salivating at the season to come. Stephen Curry previously indicated to reporters that the "playoff board" hanging in the practice facility started with a five, which would mean Golden State is aiming this season for at least fifty wins. The Warriors have accomplished this feat four times in the history of the franchise, and just twice since their lone title way back in 1975.
"We learned some valuable lessons (against) San Antonio, and we knocked on the doorstep last season. It’s a big opportunity; these guys here, they’re all bought into that vision," Curry said.
Now teammates, Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry hope to achieve a fifty-plus win season, which would be one of the best in franchise history. Courtesy of SFGate.com
Newly acquired small forward Andre Iguodala seconded the team’s goal of improving on last season, and he would say the Warriors are aiming for "more than fifty wins." Citing the team camaraderie, the return of all five starters healthy, and the chemistry in the locker room, Iguodala told reporters Wednesday that "I have really high expectations for (the team)."
The 2012 All-Star knows all about what it takes to help a team reach its potential. Last season, he was a key component of a Denver Nuggets team that won a franchise-record 57 games in the regular season, won 15 straight games, and was the three seed in a tough Western Conference. Denver was 7.4 points better with Iguodala on the floor than off, a mark that was among the top in the entire league, per NBA.com stats database.
From star players like Curry and Iguodala all the way down to young players like Green, this team believes it is destined for great things, a very positive sign for the upcoming year.
If you want another vote of confidence from the guy who has plenty of it, this is how Green responded to a question asking what it meant that nearly the whole team showed up before training camp, even after the success Golden State had last season: "Success? We’ve got bigger goals than getting into the second round of the playoffs."