|2012-13 Team Rating|
|10th Overall||12th Overall|
Stats through Jan. 22
With Andrew Bogut sidelined for all but 73 minutes, Festus Ezeli has been more placeholder starting center, at 16.2 minutes per game. But David Lee is playing at an All-Star level. Harrison Barnes is holding his own.
Signing Stephen Curry to the extension, at the risk of investing $44 million on a player with a history of injuries, may turn out to be genius. Klay Thompson at 40.7 percent shooting needs to get fixed.
Even without Bogut, acquired partly for his defense, even playing a lot of small ball without a center in the fourth quarter, the Warriors could finish in the top 10 by rating and shooting defense.
Carl Landry, the backup power forward, is on the floor at the end of games alongside Lee. Jarrett Jack, the backup point guard, is on the floor at the end with Curry. Depth has been a huge asset.
Management did its job in the offseason, successfully hitting several targets. Mark Jackson has done his. If the Warriors did not win, Jackson would have been under intense scrutiny. So he deserves credit.
The Warriors were a playoff team at the start of the season. But to have imagined them pushing for top four in the Western Conference -- home-court advantage in the first round -- would have been a big reach. To have imagined them pushing for top four despite little contribution from Bogut and none from Brandon Rush because of injuries, while relying heavily on three rookies, would have been impossible.
Golden State stopped talking about a commitment to defense and rebounding and finally did something about it. That has been the biggest factor in the rise from postseason hopeful to challenging for the lead in the Pacific Division at the midpoint.
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||A-|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||D|
|New Orleans Pelicans||C-|
|New York Knicks||D|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||A|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|