Are you kidding me? Do I really think the Golden State Warriors could win 55 games again this year? YES.
The last time this happened was 1992 just after trading Mitch Richmond for the rights to Billy Owens… As crazy as that year was, the year before Chris Webber joined the team, this year could be crazier.
If the Warriors could add Rudy Gay to the starting lineup via trade, I would expect a 55 win season, as long as the gimpies… Steph Curry and Andrew Bogut get well quickly. PERIOD.If the Dubs give up Dorell Wright and Andris Biedrins and the #7, #35 and # 52 pick to the Memphis Grizzlies this deal could get done. This leaves the 30th pick in the first round as the only pick for the Warriors in the Draft. I believe the Warriors could get great value there with the Center from Vanderbilt, Festus Ezeli. There could be a cash buyout of Biedrins’ contract or a sign and trade which would get around the amnesty rule and allow both teams to save money on Biedrins. I have seen others write that Biedrins could be used as an amnesty to another team after a trade, and I know this to be untrue, as the amnesty clause required a player to be on a teams payroll at the time of the last CBA (start of 2011-12012 season ) (my words and speculation) Ok, There it is… so the Warriors starting lineup would be a tight playoff lineup as of preseason that included, PG Steph Curry, SG Klay Thompson, SF Rudy Gay, PF David Lee, and C Andrew Bogut… How far could this starting lineup go in the playoffs? WOW! Minimum second round in the Western Conference Playoffs. Period.
First five off the bench would be… PG Charles Jenkins (who we have a ton of faith in) SG Brandon Rush (who can defend and shoot the lights out, loved him since he was at Kansas U), SF Dominique Mcguire (who can handle the ball and defend with the best of them, while putting up numbers like 15 rebounds and 0 points lol), PF Jeremy Tyler(who has shown he is very athletic albeit without great consistency against proven big men) and at Center, the #30 pick of Festus Ezeli (who has shown he could be a bigger Ekpe Udoh). Interesting.
I have to say this would be the most interesting lineup for the Golden State Warriors in quite some time. It would take a change of attitude from the Memphis Grizzlies to move Gay, but it would allow the Grizz to reduce payroll and pick up center help while removing a player in Gay who has seemed to be a playoff hindrance in recent years. The Grizz could go young with Harrison Barnes instead of killing their cap with Gay, while the contracts of Biedrins and Wright expire after the 2012-2013 year.
What would Warriors fans expect with a largely unchanged roster (talking to those who see the loss of Monta Ellis negating the addition of Andrew Bogut), expect to get after adding Rudy Gay? Give it a couple of years with good health, (or take my prediction as it is and expect a top 4 seed this next year) and I think that the run n gun, fast break, shoot the lights out team can be back… with a team that will also outrebound the foes and out defend…
Rudy Gay, Andrew Bogut, Brandon Rush and Dominique McGuire are stellar defenders that Coach Mark Jackson and the rest of the team’s management are looking for.
We will see in the coming years if Coach Jackson is the man for the job, but the players are the ones to get the job done… I expect a very competitive squad to be put together this year…. As a lowly blogger, I know that I am not Jerry West. I do also know that Jerry West has to be thinking the way I am if he wants to win.
LETS GO DUBS!
If Joe Lacob doesn’t hire me, he’s a fool. LOL