NBA Golden State Warriors

5 Reasons Golden State Warriors Will Win Western Conference Title

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5 Reasons Golden State Warriors Will Win the West

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors are one of the most exciting teams in the league. They have young players and veterans together as one and are playing better than they have in years.

Head coach Mark Jackson has this team seriously contending in the Western Conference and could help them win their first conference title since 1975 -- that's nearly 40 years of conference inferiority. While they hold a 3-2 series lead over the third-seeded Denver Nuggets, they will have a tough second-round test, playing the veteran San Antonio Spurs squad.

There are many players on this team that fly under the radar and get little to no credit for their stellar play. The playoffs are finally paying off for these unsung heroes.

Guys like rookie Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and veteran Jarrett Jack playing like all-stars in the playoffs could mean a deep run for the Warriors in the near future.

While the reigning Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder are probably the favorite right now along with the Spurs, the way the Warriors are playing could easily put them into contention.

Golden State is the type of team you want to root for because they are fun to watch, they act as the underdog and their fans are almost college-like. By this, I mean that they treat basketball the way some top college programs do, showing up early and voicing their support until the very end.

The city of Oakland loves their team, and let's see the five reasons why that love will pay off as the Warriors bring home a Western Conference title.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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Balanced Team From Top to Bottom

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The Warriors have solid contributors from the first guy to the last. Whether it's Stephen Curry or Festus Ezili, they have guys that can come in and play solid minutes. I guess that's what makes them so fun to watch.

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Stephen Curry is on Fire

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Stephen Curry is literally on fire. The sharp-shooting guard from Davidson has proved that he is elite and he wants everyone to know. He is averaging 22.9 points per game this postseason and is shooting the lights out. If he stays hot throughout the playoffs, not too many teams will be able to stop the show.

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Draymond Green Can Contribute Heavily Off Bench

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Green could easily be the series' X-factor. He is playing a solid 15 minutes a game off the bench and contributing in every category. He's averaging 5.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He's a do-it-all player and a coach's dream.

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They Are Talented Offensively

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Their offense is great, as I said earlier, from top to bottom. They have eight guys who average over five points per game in the playoffs and in the regular season, they averaged over 100 points per game.

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Rebounding Will Be Okay Without David Lee

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Sure, the Warriors lost David Lee for the rest of the postseason, but they will be fine without his rebounding prowess. They have Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes rebounding well. Also, when one of your guards -- Jarrett Jack -- is averaging more than five boards a game, you're on the right track.