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.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 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.