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Tide Turns in the West

Posted on 19. Jun, 2013 by in NBA

The Golden States Warriors and division favorites are not often synonymous, but it appears as though management has built a foundation that will allow the pieces they’ve acquired to flourish for years to come. It began two years ago when Marc Jackson was hired as the head coach, and almost immediately he instilled new life into a previously moribund franchise.  The Warriors made headlines when they stated that they were moving the franchise from Oracle Arena in Oakland to San Francisco in 2018, for a myriad of reasons. At the trade deadline a season ago, the franchise traded one half of its deadly scoring guard duo when they acquired center Andrew Bogut from the Milwaukee Bucks for Monta Ellis. Although Bogut was out with injuries at the time, it was believed that when he returned, he would provide the Warriors with the inside presence they’ve lacked for several seasons. Finally, they seemed poised to make some noise in the conference.

As the 2012-2013 season began, point guard Steph Curry emerged as a star and one of the most electric scorers in the game today. Curry not only can get a shot off whenever he wants, which is impressive because he does not have the physical advantages that his peers do, but he also has spectacular court vision. Joining Curry in what Jackson has called “the greatest shooting backcourt of all time” is 2011 first round pick Klay Thompson, who many analysts believe owns one of the prettiest jump shots in the league. Thompson, the son of former NBA No. 1 overall pick Mychal Thompson, improved a ton in his second season in the league, and has established himself as one of the league’s best young shooting guards. Another key to the Warriors season was the health of David Lee, as the versatile power forward was finally able to stay on the court for Golden State after signing a big deal as a free agent in 2010. Lee provided a scoring presence down low that the Warriors have needed for years. Finally, rookie Harrison Barnes proved to be a great fit at small forward, giving the franchise yet another young building block. While the 2012-2013 season ended prematurely for the Warriors, few teams in the NBA have a brighter future, and Golden State looks like the favorite in the Pacific Division for years to come.

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