Tuesday, October 25, 2005

ESPN Warriors Season Preview

Make sure to check out ESPN's Warriors' season preview. Of the 12 "experts", only 4 predict the Warriors to make the playoffs. 3 of the 4 have the Warriors as the 8th seed while Chad Ford has them the highest with the 6th seed.

It's actually a nice season preview with multiple points of analysis. They rate each of the starters and bench on a score of 1-10. Murphy (7), Dunleavy (6), Foyle (6), Richardson (8), Davis (8), Bench (6).

Tim Legler, who has the Warriors as the 14th best Western Conference team, offers his analysis of the Warriors:
Legs on Warriors: The Warriors, at worst, will be the best last place team in NBA history.

At best, they will have a chance to edge past the Lakers.

Either way, Mike Montgomery won't be coaching a postseason team for awhile.

Having star point guard Baron Davis for an entire year will be nice. Along with underrated Jason Richardson, that gives the Warriors one of the best backcourts in the NBA.

Mike Dunleavy continues to improve and Troy Murphy is a solid power forward if he can stay healthy.

That's about it. The bench contributors are primarily Derek Fisher, Calbert Cheaney, Michael Pietrus, and rookie Ike Diogu.

Put this squad in the East and they would be playing meaningful games in the spring, just like Montgomery was when he was at Stanford.
Legs loves to hate on the Warriors, with no mention of the strong finish and the high scoring potential of this club. Where is any analysis of Adonal? He also clearly didn't do his homework, Calbert Cheaney is a primary bench contributor? He barely contributes during preseason and will probably rack up the DNP-CD's over the season. I consider the bench to be relatively deep. Outside of JRich and Baron, the other 3 positions have interchangeable pieces being 2 deep at each position. While none of the other players are great, you can basically throw Baron and JRich on the floor with 3 others and the Warriors will play well. There's also the missing mention of Biedrins and Zarko, two solid contributors off the bench. Legs knows about the starters sans Adonal, but didn't do his homework on the bench.


At 2:22 PM, Blogger Still Boz Ballin said...

Legler can lick me where I s**t. I loved it last year when Antonio Davis called him out, saying that he didn't respect Legler much as a player and even less as an analyst. Legs is probably my least favorite NBA analyst on any network and I'd like to kick his Warriors hating ass if I ever saw him. Go Dubs.

At 4:54 PM, Blogger BBallBlog said...

I was going to link you guys to the ESPN Season Preview, but I see someone beat me to it.

And I agree about Legs - both he and Anthony are walking contradictions in the studio. I tend to hate the whole ESPN studio crew, a few of their online counterparts are okay.

At 6:56 PM, Blogger atma brother #1 said...

I think Legler is just bitter cause the Warriors were so terrible when he was here.

He's not that bad in the studio. The worst by far on the ESPN crew is Marc Stein. Stein doesn't have a clue. I don't think the man has ever dribbled a basketball in his life. He's a just a sensationalist.


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