Thursday, September 15, 2005

Hoops Hype GSW Season Preview

Definitely check Hoops Hype's GSW Preview as they break down the strengths and weaknesses of the squad and give analysis of the starting 5 plus 6th man.

Here's a little taste:

STRENGTHS: Explosive backcourt ... A perimeter of Baron Davis, Jason Richardson and Mickael Pietrus is as athletic as it gets ... Davis, one of the top guards in the league, has injected a lot of talent and enthusiasm to this team ... Pretty potent offense ... This should be one of the top squads in the league in the open court ... Several key players are in or entering their primes ... Richardson could very well be an All-Star this season ... There is an air of optimism in the Bay Area about the team.

WEAKNESSES: On paper, the Warriors should once again be one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA ... No stoppers ... Mickael Pietrus is the only perimeter player with good enough defensive mentality ... No shot blockers other than Adonal Foyle ... No proven low-post scorers ... Most of the points will have to come from the perimeter ... Their offensive game could be a little bit too predictable in the half court ... The team was outrebounded on a nightly basis last season ... Will that change this year? ... Durability is an issue with Baron Davis ... He has missed an average of 27 games per season since 2002.
Make sure to read the article to get their analysis of each of the top 6 players.

One of the weaknesses was that the Warriors were outrebounded nightly, and I think the strengths failed to mention how Ike Diogu will bring the toughness and rebounding to the paint. While they did mention Baron's durability issues, another weakness is that we really have no depth at point guard in case he does get injured. Speedy is gone, leaving just Fisher and Ellis. That's a huge weakness. People talk of the Suns without Nash, I see an even worse situation with the Warriors if Baron goes down. I have nightmares about this situation. Fisher or Ellis running the team? Here's something that might happen, Dunleavy at the point and starting Pietrus at the 3. See, nightmares.

Any other strengths or weaknesses you would add to this list? What do you think of the coaching staff or the front office? How about our bench?


At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our cheerleaders are the biggest strength! Go Michelle!

At 6:48 PM, Anonymous CWebb + Spree said...

Coaching is below average. Forwards/ Centers are below average. Have fun with the 9th spot.


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