NBA Golden State Warriors

7 Reasons For the Golden State Warriors Recent Success

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The Golden State Warriors Are Finally Headed In The Right Direction

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The Golden State Warriors are finally playing relavent basketball again. For Warriors fans, it was a long, tough drought of anything remotely close to fun basketball for the better part of the last two decades. With coach Mark Jackson at the helm, All-Star David Lee and should have been All-Star Steph Curry are leading the Warriors to their first playoff appearance since 2007.

The Warriors finally have the positive faces of the franchise that they have so desperately needed. They have gone from an unmarketable losing organization with negativity surrounding their players to a successful team with a marketable roster. They no longer have to worry about being embarrassed on and off of the court. Steph Curry is finally healthy, playing great basketball, and has become the face of the franchise. Curry is positively leading both his team and the community towards bigger and better things.

There is a new era of basketball in the Bay Area. With the recent success of the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers, as well as the Oakland Athletics and San Jose Sharks, the Bay is buzzing with success again. The Warriors organization understands that and wants to run with the good vibes and positivity surrounding them and enjoy their own success.

With the many changes that have taken place over the past few seasons - new ownership, new management, new coaching staff, new uniforms and a roster full of new faces - the Warriors have a lot of reasons for their vast improvement. Here are seven of the biggest ones.

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7. Owners Joe Lacob, Peter Guber and GM Bob Myers

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The Warriors new ownership group has changed the way the franchise runs. They want to win, and they want to win now. So far, they have made the right moves.

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6. Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry Leading A Capable Second Unit

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The Warriors have depth for the first time in five years. Bringing in Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, who were already teammates and friends, helped solidify the second unit and brought some veteran leadership to the team.

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5. Recent Draft Picks

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Once the laughing stock of the NBA Draft, the Warriors have finally started drafting impact players. Second year sharp-shooter Klay Thompson has burst onto the scene as one of the best three-point shooters in the league. Rookies Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and Festus Ezeli have also had an immediate impact and their roles have continued to grow over the course of the season.

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4. Andrew Bogut and David Lee

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It took a while, but Golden State eventually landed the dominant big men that they had been searching for, for years. The trade of fan favorite Monta Ellis to bring Andrew Bogut alongside David Lee is finally starting to pay off. This year, Lee became the first Warriors All-Star since 1997. Bogut, who was sidelined earlier in the season, has started to show signs of promise, especially on the defensive end. The second unit play of Carl Landry and Festus Ezeli has been huge as well.

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3. Coach Mark Jackson

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Mark Jackson has changed the culture of the Warriors locker room with his leadership and determination. The players want to perform at the highest level for Jackson, he has earned their respect.

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2. Defense

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Along with leadership, coach Mark Jackson has also preached defense and hustle. For the first time in a long time we are seeing a Warriors team that is winning defensive and rebounding battles.

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1. Steph Curry

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A healthy Steph Curry is the biggest reason for the Warriors turnaround. Curry has proven to be one of the most exciting players in the league. He is averaging 22.2 points, 6.7 assists, rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He has already connected on a franchise record and league leading 214 three-pointers at 46 percent. At just 25 years old, Curry is already the face of the franchise with so much basketball left to be played in his young career.

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