In Their Defense: Golden State Warriors Have What it Takes in 2014

By Ryan Heckman


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The 2012-2013 season may have ended on a sour note for the Golden State Warriors, but there is absolutely zero reason to hang their heads. After getting knocked out of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the hands of Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors head home to fix those areas that showed lacking against the best of the West.

Head coach Mark Jackson wasn’t kidding when he said he has the privilege of coaching the best shooting back court in the history of the game. Some questioned him at first, but the look on his face and tone in his voice reassured us that he would defend it to the death.

You know what? I believe him.

Both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson could be dominating the league for the next decade or so barring injury, and if Golden State can keep them together they will surely be in line for a championship. The question now begins, when?

I may be called crazy for the following statement – wouldn’t be the first time – but I firmly believe the Warriors have what it takes to make it to the NBA Finals in 2014.

The front court is highly underrated. David Lee is a double-double machine that everyone and their mother seems to forget about. He’s not flashy, just good. As for the other spot, Andrew Bogut is another often-overlooked name that when healthy can be a force in the paint. That’s the key, however, staying healthy.

Coming back after a fantastic rookie season, soon-to-be sophomore Harrison Barnes adds another dimension to this squad. He is quite the exciting player that can do just about anything asked of him. Just wait – his ceiling is far higher than many may think.

With a leader like Jackson, this team has enormous potential. It was a year of many firsts: First year for the coach, first year of Bogut and Lee in the rotation together consistently and of course the first year in the league for Barnes. The fact that they made it so far this year is nothing short of impressive.

In 2014, do not be surprised if Jackson and the Warriors are giving the Spurs fits in the Conference Finals around this time. Remember, you heard it here first.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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