If you recall the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs, no series captured the attention of the NBA community more than the matchup between the third-seeded Denver Nuggets and sixth-seeded Golden State Warriors. The series featured fantastic individual performances, a ton of athleticism and a ton of points from both teams, but it was the young Warriors team that came away the victors in the series and in terms of public perception.
After that series and the Warriors’ subsequent second-round series against the San Antonio Spurs, it was clear that Golden State is an incredibly entertaining team with a bright future ahead. Throw in this summer’s prized free-agent acquisition for the Warriors in guard/forward Andre Iguodala and it’s clear they are only going to be even more fun this season.
Front offices around the NBA seem to agree with me on that, as well. According to the annual NBA GM Survey from NBA.com that was released on Tuesday, the Warriors were voted by the league’s general managers as the most fun team to watch for the 2013-2014 NBA season. The vote wasn’t even close, either, as the Warriors grabbed 41.4 percent of the vote and the Los Angeles Clippers coming in second with only 17.2 percent of the vote.
Any team with Stephen Curry on it is obviously going to be electrifying to watch. The guard definitely has his shortcomings, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s one of the most prolific shooters in the league right now and can change a game with his offense at any given moment. Guys like Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut also add to the entertainment value of the Warriors, all being players that can make big plays at any time and start something exciting.
Iguodala is the reason that the vote from the GM Survey is so decisively in favor of Golden State, though. With Iguodala’s savvy on the floor, ability in transition, and ability to create fast-break opportunities with his defense, this team is going to be even more explosive and faster than it was last season. Considering they were already one of the NBA’s fastest-paced teams last season with one of the league’s best offenses, I, like the 30 GMs in the league apparently, can’t wait to watch this team for 82 games this year.