After an early disappointing post-season exit, the Warriors are in need of a few adjustments in order to actually contend in 2015. As you all know, the Warriors have already begun making changes for next season by firing head coach Mark Jackson. Do I think it was necessary to fire Jackson? Yes, but that's not why we're here right now.
Here is what the Warriors need to improve heading into next season:
- new coach: the Warriors played great defense in 2014 but the offense wasn't working. Yes, blame it on coach. The Warriors have one of the most talented roster in the NBA. Mark Jackson didn't take advantage of that. The Warriors were in the bottom of the league in moving the ball on offense this season and isolated too much. Also Mark Jackson's personality wasn't working well as he refused to listen for advise from Jerry West and had a difficult relationship with owner Joe Lacob. Some players also felt Jackson was favoring specific players and those things cause loss of confidence. Therefore, Jackson is out.
- productive Harrison Barnes: the arrival of Andre Iguodala moved Barnes to the bench where he struggled for most games. Even in the playoffs we expected to see Barnes of the 2013 playoffs- of course that never happened. One solution to deal with the situation will be trading Barnes (we'll talk about it in just a moment) , which the Warriors were discussing near the trade deadline.
- another ball handler next to Curry: this one might be the most important of all. The Warriors were missing Jarrett Jack badly this season. Curry barely got to play off-ball and you all saw it was not easy. Having another playmaker will give the Warriors more flexibility.
Here are some available coaches:
Steve Kerr - the Warriors first option. No coaching experience but spent some time as the suns GM and won 4 rings as a point guard (three under Phil Jackson and one under Gregg Popovich).
Stan van Gundy - coached in Miami and Orlando (made it to the NBA finals with the magic in 2009).
Tom Thibodeau - the season before he signed with the Bulls, the finished 8th in the east with a 41-41 record. In his first year with the Bulls (also first year as head coach), they finished the 2010-2011 season as the No. 1 seed in the east with a 62-20 record. He also won the coach of the year that season. Thibodeau is a defense first type of coach and is known as the best defensive coach in the league.
Here are some free agents the Warriors should consider (not much money to spend though):
The Warriors might need to trade their way to contention. And as we know, Kevin Love is not happy in Minnesota and might ask for trade. As soon as that happens, the Wolves will panic and listen to any offer. The Warriors don't have any 1st round picks to trade but they do have Harrison Barnes who's a valuable trade piece because of his age and his rookie contract. Add the experience and level of play of David Lee and you've got yourself a trade:
Timberwolves get: David Lee, Harrison Barnes
Warriors Get: Kevin Love
I think this trade will automatically make the Warriors a championship contender. Stephen Curry and Kevin Love could be the best duo in the NBA. Add another brother to the Splash Brothers, now you got three. Good luck trying to beat them. The Warriors do have a legitimate shot at Kevin Love, and if that happens, with the help of some free agent role players signing, the sky is the limit in 2015.
If you have anything to say, I'd like to hear your comments, thoughts, feelings about next season.