Playoffs for Golden State Warriors? You Better Believe It
Rob Lunder covers the NBA for Rant Sports. For all NBA news go to the league homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18
The Golden State Warriors are off to one of their greatest starts in franchise history and a ton of credit has to go to head coach Marc Jackson. The team currently sits at 18-9 and fresh off of a convincing victory over the lowly Charlotte Bobcats. If the season ended today the Warriors would be the 5th seed in the Western Conference. Obviously we have a ton of time still remaining so anything can happen, but can the Warriors maintain this pace? It certainly seems possibly, especially if they can get injured center Andrew Bogut back healthy soon. If you remember, the Warriors traded long time fan favorite Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks last season as part of a blockbuster trade in order to acquire Bogut.
As previously mentioned, you have to give Jackson credit. He has been starting rookie Festus Ezeli for most of the year at center. If you do not know who Ezeli is, don’t worry about it. We won’t get angry at you. He was drafted out of Vanderbilt this past year and is not a starting caliber center in the NBA. However, with the Bogut injury, Golden State has had to get creative with its lineups and Ezeli is one of the only true centers on the roster.
Harrison Barnes has also had a nice rookie season and seems like a long term starter at the small forward position. The leaders of the team though are David Lee, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson. Curry has battled a myriad of ankle injuries in his young career and he finally appears to be healthy. Lee is as solid a player as they come and Thompson has that Ray Allen feel to him; a guy that can make a living hitting outside shots and will certainly have a long and productive career. He isn’t the flashiest player; he just knows how to get the job done.
The Warriors are off to a fantastic start this year and certainly appear to have the staying power to stay in the playoff race for the long haul.