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Golden State Warriors

2013-14 record: 51-31

Second place, Pacific Division

Lost in first round to L.A. Clippers

2014 Draft Picks: No Draft Picks

Draft Overview

Areas of Strength
How much the Warriors change with the coaching switch from Mark Jackson to Steve Kerr, but this has been a team able to win with defense or offense. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combine for a backcourt that puts nonstop pressure on opponents, Andrew Bogut is a center who uses technique and experience to make life difficult inside.

 

Needs Work
The Warriors need to rebuild the bench that took the majority of the hits for the Andre Iguodala signing last summer. Now, two of the replacements, Steve Blake and Jermaine O’Neal, are headed for free agency. Festus Ezeli can help up front if he is healthy after knee surgery, but Golden State knows the backup point guard has to provide stability to a team plagued by turnovers.

 

Two Stats That Matter
0 -- Games Steve Kerr has spent as an assistant or head coach at any level.

 

78 -- Regular-season games Stephen Curry has played each of the last two seasons, halting constant conversation about health pronlems.

 

The Way To Go
NBA.com's Draft expert, Scott Howard-Cooper, offers up his suggestions:
The Warriors like to be aggressive in the draft and may jump into the first round, but for now, they won’t get any help on June 26. They likely wouldn’t get dramatically better buying or trading for a pick late in the first, but there would be several point guards to choose from in the 20s if management does not like the direction of 2013 first-rounder Nemanja Nedovic.

 

2013-14 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 107.5 (12th)
Defensive: 102.6 (4th)

 

Under Contract
F: Harrison Barnes
C: Andrew Bogut
G: Stephen Curry
C: Festus Ezeli
F: Draymond Green
F: Andre Iguodala
C: Ognjen Kuzmic
F: David Lee
G: Nemanja Nedovic
F/C: Marreese Speights
G: Klay Thompson

 

Free Agents
G: Steve Blake
G: Jordan Crawford
C/F: Jermaine O’Neal

 

Recent Draft History
2013: Nemanja Nedovic (30)
2012: Harrison Barnes (7), Festus Ezeli (30), Draymond Green (35), Ognjen Kuzmic (52)
2011: Klay Thompson (11), Jeremy Tyler (39), Charles Jenkins (44)       
2010: Ekpe Udoh (6)
2009: Stephen Curry (7)

 

-- Scott Howard-Cooper

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