Golden State Warriors

Biedrins earned his first career start on Mar. 20 against the Kings.
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2005 DRAFT SELECTIONS
No. 9, No. 40, possibly No. 42 (from L.A. Clippers via N.J.),
CURRENT FREE AGENTS
N. Tskitishvili (unrestricted)
RECENT DRAFT SELECTIONS
2004: 11. Andris Biedrins, Latvia
2003: 11. Mickael Pietrus, France
40. Derrick Zimmerman, Miss. St.
2002: 3. Mike Dunleavy, Duke
30. Steve Logan, Cincinnati
2001: 5. Jason Richardson, Michigan State
14. Troy Murphy, Notre Dame
31. Gilbert Arenas, Arizona
2000: 55. Chris Porter, Auburn
By Bill Evans

When the 2004-05 season began: The Warriors were aiming for their first playoff berth since 1994. Chris Mullin had amassed a talented nucleus of young players that looked poised to improve upon a 37-45 record in 2003-04 under new coach Mike Montgomery.

What happened? It looked like a lost season by the Bay when a 1-14 January dropped the Warriors to the bottom of the Western Conference standings, but February brought a savior by the name of Baron Davis.

On February 24, Mullin acquired the two-time All-Star, who requested, and was granted, a change of scenery by New Orleans.

One team's trouble quickly became another team's treasure. Only 16-38 when the deal was made, the Warriors finished 18-10 with Davis running the offense. Only 26, Davis qualified for a senior discount on a team whose nucleus includes Mike Dunleavy, 24; Jason Richardson, 24; Mickael Pietrus, 23; and Troy Murphy, 25.

With Davis on board for less than half a season, Richardson averaged a career-best 21.7 ppg. Murphy tallied career highs in points (15.4 ppg) and rebounds (10.8 rpg; fifth in the NBA). Derek Fisher (11.9 ppg), Dunleavy (13.4 ppg) and Pietrus (9.5 ppg) also hit career scoring highs.

What now? The Warriors will add the ninth pick in the NBA Draft to an already young roster that includes only four players born before 1980.

The Warriors have talent at every position. The guard positions are solid with Davis, Richardson and Fisher. At forward, Dunleavy, Murphy and Pietrus provide a solid three-man rotation. Adonal Foyle is a defensive-minded center. Rodney White, Nikoloz Tskitishvili and 19-year-old Andris Biedrins also provide depth up front.

It's hard to look at this roster without expecting results in the year ahead. The Warriors could benefit from some additional rebounding and could use a center with a nose for the basket to complement Foyle's defense.