If you have not checked out the NBA.com 2014-15 GM Survey yet, your Golden State Warriors have once again been dubbed the "most fun team to watch" in the association. Of course, the Warriors have bigger aspirations for this season and with a healthy roster, we may finally see the full potential of the team coupled with a new fine-tuned offense which was dissected in this recent GSoM fanpost.
Last week, the Dubs took care of the Nuggets 104-101 in Des Moines, IA. Tonight will mark the last time the Warriors take the court in preseason action when they face the Denver Nuggets at the Roaracle. Thus far, we have seen solid performances from a variety of players. Sophomores Ognjen Kuzmic and Nemanja Nedovic look primed and capable of playing roles off the bench and they may not even be near the top of the depth chart. Festus Ezeli had a positive performance in his first game back from injury, tallying 10 points and three rebounds in 11 minutes. Klay Thompson is certainly looking to get paid and his play in the preseason will have us debating if he is actually worth the max contract.
In this preseason finale, something to take note of is whether Harrison Barnes or Andre Iguodala get the start at small forward - Rusty Simmons of the S.F. Chronicle reported yesterday that coach Steve Kerr is still considering how he will play the final game. Barnes and Iguodala have split starting duties during the preseason as Steve Kerr experiments with the lineup. While I would presume that Iguodala gets the start on opening night, I would not rule out Barnes having the nod.
If Iguodala were to come off the bench and play as a point-forward, this would perhaps help strengthen the second unit. Iguodala's all-around game complements the starting-lineup yet it could also function as the focal point for the reserves. As an underrated playmaker, Iguodala is capable of running the offense if needed as seen in his 8 assist outing against the Lakers.
Although the rotation and distribution of minutes may not be defined by tonight's game, it will be interesting to see if any training camp invite(s) make the opening night roster. Personally, I think Justin Holiday and James MacAdoo have the best shot at landing the last spot. In spite of this, Golden State may opt to keep the final roster spot open during the season and instead send their invitees down to Santa Cruz for development.
Nuggets injury update:
#Nuggets PG Ty Lawson did not practice today and remains questionable for Friday's preseason finale at Golden State— Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) October 22, 2014