With new ownership in place, the 2010-2011 Golden State Warriors are looking to close the Book of Cohan. This year's roster is looking a little different from before. A few trades, free agency losses, two rookie signings, and a major free agent acquisition have turned this once guard-heavy lineup into a more complete squad.
The starting five we're all hoping will bring the franchise out of the dark ages and into many years of playoff appearances and maybe even a trip to the NBA finals includes big defensive presence Andris Biedrins, former New York Knick power forward and center David Lee, sophomore small forward Reggie Williams, the one-man-fastbreak Monta Ellis, and future superstar point guard Stephen Curry. To back up this fresh, young group are rookies Ekpe Udoh and Jeremy Lin, newly acquired bucks Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric, UNC Tarheel Brandan Wright, former Miami Heat forward Dorell Wright, and former D-Leaguers Anthony Tolliver and Chris Hunter.
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Warrior fans will notice a few names missing from the list—CJ Watson, Anthony Morrow, Anthony Randolph, Ronnie Turiaf, Corey Maggette, and Warrior favorite, Kelenna Azubuike. CJ and Anthony received new contracts from the Chicago Bulls and the New Jersey Nets, respectively. Corey Maggette was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for forward, Charlie Bell and center, Dan Gadzuric. High-flying power forward, Anthony Randolph, Ronnie Turiaf, and Kelenna Azubuike were shipped in a trade with the New York Knicks bringing All-Star Big Man, David Lee to the bay area.
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But what makes this starting five so much more deadly than in seasons before? Balance. Andris Biedrins is a center who plays hard post defense, blocks shots and shot attempts, and can rebound defensively and offensively. When you add an all-star power forward in David Lee, you add a consistent, offensive, inside presence—something the warriors have been missing the last few seasons. Lee brings to the table 20.3 points per game, 11.7 rebounds per game, 3.6 assists per game, and 0.5 blocks. The second year small forward, Reggie Williams, offers a spark of energy, a take-no-prisoners attitude on defense, and a 3-point stroke that will surely spread any and all defenses trying to prevent penetration by the speeders in the backcourt. Monta Ellis will continue to be the workhorse for this team. If the offense ever grows stale, leave it to Monta to create his own shot and end a scoring drought. Leading this group of four will be future superstar, Stephen Curry. Coming off a performance that should have won him a Rookie of The Year Award, Curry has been dubbed by many as the floor general and the leader of this team. The son of former NBA star and 3 point marksman, Dell Curry, has been compared to Phoenix Suns All-Star point guard, Steve Nash. The young starting point guard will use his speed, his quickness, his 3 point stroke, his tricky yet efficient passing ability, and, most importantly, his knowledge of how to play the game the correct way to bring this young warriors organization back to league dominance.
With a high-powered, high-scoring offense and an offensive wizard who always manages to create mismatch nightmares for the opposition, the warriors have a good shot at making it to the post season this year. Let’s just hope the new look warriors remember that defense wins games.
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