|2011-12 Team Rating|
|7th Overall||25th Overall|
Stats through Feb. 16
David Lee cranked up a hot streak at the right time, just as the schedule was turning against Golden State and something needed to be done very soon to save the season. Andris Biedrins is adrift again, though.
Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry are still starting, but coach Mark Jackson has kept them on the bench for long stretches of the fourth quarter, rookie Klay Thompson is coming fast and Curry has had ankle problems.
There have been improvements, if slightly, most notably in going from 46.7 percent in shooting defense last season to 44.8 in 2011-12 through Thursday. But that's still bottom one-third of the league, and defensive rebounding is threatening for last.
Thompson, Brandon Rush and Nate Robinson, and Dominic McGuire for shorter bursts, are all pickups since the end of last season performing as well as or better than the Warriors could have expected.
Jackson's mistake was in overvaluing the roster and considering the Warriors a playoff lock. As a coach, though, he has done well trusting his instincts and relying on newcomers.
Jackson's guarantee after being hired that the Warriors would make the playoffs -- this season -- quickly turned into a bad campaign promise. The gap between the postseason pack and their current place on the marsh is not big, but they are sub-.500 and have yet to reach the hardest part of the schedule.
See what happens when you break up with Jeremy Lin?
-- Scott Howard-Cooper
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||C-|
|Los Angeles Clippers||B|
|Los Angeles Lakers||B-|
|New Jersey Nets||D|
|New Orleans Hornets||F|
|New York Knicks||C+|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B-|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|