Golden State Warriors: Predicting The Final 15-Man Roster
Who Will Survive The Warriors' 15-Man Roster Cuts?
The Golden State Warriors have a pretty good idea about most of the names they will list on their 15-man roster for the 2013-14 regular season. The only decision they have left to make is who will receive the 15th and final spot?
The answer to that question may disappoint many Warriors fans. Through my best judgement, I do not believe that Seth Curry, the younger brother of star Stephen, will be listed on the final 15-man roster, which is due toward the end of October. Seth would be the popular choice to make one of the final spots on the roster, but the truth is that the Warriors simply are not in need of his skill set.
The shooting guard position is plentiful in Golden State. The team just inked former All-Star Andre Igoudala for four years, $48 million after a three-way sign-and-trade with the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets. Golden State also has budding star Klay Thompson, second-round pick from a year ago Nemanja Nedovic of Yugoslavia, and fan-favorite Kent Bazemore coming off the bench at the same position.
What hurts Seth Curry's chances the most is his small stature. He stands just 6-foot-2 and weighs 185 pounds. For comparison, he and Stephen weigh the same but Seth is an inch shorter.
Another factor working against Seth is the team's need for big men. Second-year center Festus Ezeli will miss at least the first month of the season after undergoing knee surgery in the offseason, and 17-year veteran Jermaine O'Neal, who is entering his first season with the Warriors, is extremely injury prone. Simply put, Seth Curry will get beat out for the final roster spot because the Warriors lack size.
Find out who the Warriors will select over Seth Curry in this prediction of Golden State's final 15-man roster.
-- Stephen Curry (6-foot-3, 185 pounds)
-- Toney Douglas (6-foot-2, 185 pounds)
Stephen curry is evolving into one of the best scoring point guards in the NBA. He had a breakout season in 2012-13, and this year he should see his stock continuing to rise.
-- Kent Bazemore (6-foot-5, 201 pounds)
-- Andre Igoudala (6-foot-6, 207 pounds)
-- Nemanja Nedovic (6-foot-3, 192 pounds)
-- Klay Thompson (6-foot-7, 205 pounds)
The addition of Andre Igoudala into the Warriors lineup will see shooting guard Klay Thompson and small forward Harrison Barnes fighting for a starting role. While Thompson is expected to ride the bench to start each game, both he and Barnes will continue to see plenty of minutes on the floor.
-- Harrison Barnes (6-foot-8, 210 pounds)
-- Draymond Green (6-foot-7, 230 pounds)
Both of these small forwards were key to the Warriors' playoff run in 2012-13. They will continue to hold important roles on this team if it wants to be considered one of the Western Conference's elite.
-- Marreese Speights (6-foot-10, 255 pounds)
Marreese Speights is the only power forward listed on the Golden State Warriors current 18-man roster, mainly because Mark Jackson frequents a small and fast lineup on the floor. He will see plenty of minutes off the bench and maybe even a few starts here and there. He will be key if any Warrior with a larger role suffers an injury.
-- Andrew Bogut (7-foot, 260 pounds)
-- DeWayne Dedmon (7-foot, 255 pounds)
-- Festus Ezeli (6-foot-11, 255 pounds)
-- Ognjen Kuzmic (7-foot, 251 pounds)
-- David Lee (6-foot-9, 240 pounds)
-- Jermaine O'Neal (6-foot-11, 255 pounds)
For many years the center position was the weakest spot on the Warriors' roster. This time around it's one of the strongest — barring any injuries, of course. DeWayne Dedmon, rookie out of the University of Southern California, is the player beating out Seth Curry for the final roster spot. They will need his presence on the bench, especially with Festus Ezeli out for at least the first month and an injury-prone Jermaine O'Neal ready to receive plenty of minutes.