The Golden State Warriors Aren’t As Good As You Think
The Golden State Warriors Aren’t THAT Good.
The Golden State Warriors made the most shocking move in the NBA this offseason.
After winning 73 games last year, Golden State signed free agent Kevin Durant. Durant was criticized for this move to Golden State and, as a basketball fan, Durant going to the Warriors is just terrible.
Luckily, though, the Warriors did not keep the same roster as last year. They lost big man Andrew Bogut, big man Mareese Speights, and big man Festus Ezeli. See where this is headed?
All three of these players were able to produce well each night offensively, and even more importantly, they got rebounds.
Of course, the Warriors replaced these players with Zaza Pachulia and infamous “Shaqtin’ a Fool” MVP Javale McGee.
Pachulia and McGee are nowhere near the level of player as Andrew Bogut. All they do is provide a little bit of size in the paint, and any true power forward in the league is able to score over them. Pachulia is 6’11” and McGee is 7’0.
So, the Warriors have a real size issue. They can’t grab rebounds over players like Karl Anthony-Towns or DeAndre Jordan and they can’t score over them in the paint either. When they can’t pose a real threat inside, they will resort to what they do best- shoot the three.
I’m sure everyone has heard the phrase “Live and die by the three” and that is exactly what the Warriors seem to be doing this year. Games they win they are on fire from behind the arc, and games they lose they are ice-cold.
Steph, Klay, KD and Draymond all can shoot the three, so maybe living by the three isn’t such a bad idea- until other teams start to adjust.
Against the Warriors, Defenses can just play man-to-man around the arc with a big man down low. Everyone knows what the Warriors want to do- shoot a three. They will try to look for inside entry passes, or driving lanes, but it’s likely that they’ll kick the ball out to Klay or KD for an open three; they’re predictable.
The fact that the Warriors are so predictable is why I don’t believe they’re going to make it to another NBA Championship this year. The fact that they have no size to match up with true centers doesn’t help either, AND the Warriors can’t play defense.
The Warriors starters aren’t terrible at defense. KD, Klay, and Draymond are all solid defensive players. Steph is terrible defensively, and Zaza Pachulia is too small to guard a center in the NBA. The Warrior’s bench is also abysmal with exception to Andre Iguodala and David West.
Javale McGee is known for his boneheaded plays, Varejao is too old to keep up with the fast paced offense of a lot of teams, I’ve never even heard of Ian Clark, Kevon Looney,and James Michael McAdoo, so I can’t say anything for sure, but things aren’t looking good for them defensively against big stars of the NBA.
So, the Warriors do not have a perfect team. I don’t want the Warriors to improve on last year, I don’t want them to do well this season. I wish upon every star in the sky that they finish second in the West to the Spurs. I would be ecstatic to see them lose first round of the playoffs to the Mavericks or the Timberwolves. Bottom line, I’m not a fan of the Warriors.
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