Note : This post is taken from my own blog truehoopsguy.sportsblog.com , wanted to share this with the GSOM comm.
I want to talk about one of my favourite teams , the Golden State Warriors. They had a great season , with its up and downs , had a good 1st round in the playoffs. And in the end , saw their beloved coach Jackson leave. What he brought to the organization and the team cannot be undervalued in any way. He was paramount in reshaping the identity of the Warriors. He gave them a winning personality.
Even after all this , there were holes that needed to be filled and weaknesses that needed to be worked upon. In my opinion , both the front office and the coach were at fault. They did not communicate properly and if they had , I believe things would have been a lot different.
Onward and upward now. Whatever had to happen has happened. We can only look forward now. They have a new coach. A respected and accomplished player , Steve Kerr. The Warriors have a great roster. Very versatile. But it is inconsistent. When the warriors are clicking , they are the hottest team. They need pieces to make them consistent in times of injury or personnel change. They need a proper system , which utilizes their versatility when they are at 100% and takes advantage of it when they are not.
A BETTER SYSTEM:
Having a system in place that guarantees wins when your roster is not at full health is paramount in today's league. The Spurs are the epitome of that mentality and are seeing their hardwork and patience rewarded. Steve Kerr has his work cut out for him. It is not as much a matter of getting more players to come to Bay Area as it is about constructing a proper system around the given players.
Under the right system , I believe this team can win 55+ games. A system which revolves around moving the ball and slashing. This team can shoot, rebound and defend. An offense consisting of ball movement and off-ball slashing would work wonders. Ball movement would open up the defense and slashing would create high percentage shots and free throws.
FREE AGENCY :
The Warriors are sure to be major players in this year's free agency. With Carmelo Anthony on the block , who could resist. But Carmelo Anthony is not the only free agent of value this summer. He may be the superstar to land but Warriors can find quality pieces in other places too.
1. Carmelo Anthony :
Of course , we'll talk about Carmelo Anthony first. Imagine seeing him and Stephen curry shoot the lights out at MSG (oops!). With his underrated passing and post game , he would be a great fit. His defense would go up given the fact that he would not have to shoulder so much offense in Golden State. And with Steve Kerr talking about using a system which takes pointers from the Triangle offense , Golden State will be a fun place for the next season. For him to come , the Warriors would have to make cap space and may see some beloved players go (David lee).
2. Eric Bledsoe :
Highly athletic , put up great numbers. His style would be a perfect fit in Golden State. But he would have to come off the bench and that might create problems since he's a starter material and he knows that.
3. Trevor Ariza :
Athletic , improved perimeter game and good defensive skills. Would be a great fit for Golden State's bench.
The Warriors need good backup centers to take up rotation. Spencer Hawes and Channing Frye are more than capable of doing that job. May not be as great at defense as Andrew Bogut but bring alot to the offensive end.
We should talk about Kevin Love too since he seems to be changing homes and there are indications that Golden State has a good chance at landing him. Would be a great fit for all the same reasons as Carmelo Anthony. Of course , the Warriors would have lose some players here too.