5 Reasons Why The Golden State Warriors Will Win 2013-14 NBA Title
The Golden State Warriors Are Legit
As the 2013-14 NBA season approached, excitement levels on the Golden State Warriors burst through roofs of NBA pundits around the nation. Some, however, played down their hype with criticism. But on Wednesday night, the team proved their worthiness with a 31-point victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Warriors were dominant in every possible facet of a basketball game. They shot 53.5-percent from the field, out-rebounded the Lakers 38 to 39, and made the once great Lakers look silly on their home court. The would-be presence of future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant wouldn’t have even mattered.
So, Warriors fans around the country look at that game and finally start realizing that winning an NBA Finals Championship could most definitely be on the horizon for this talented team, and they rightly should. There was pressure on the Warriors to come out hot, and the Lakers had just come off a season-opening upset over the Clippers. The Lakers were confident, but they couldn’t play like it.
Golden State is living up to the hype, though it is just one game. But it was a win over a rival that had dominated the Warriors over the past five-plus years; a win that came after months of national exposure. That win might just have raised the excitement level ten-fold.
So, exactly what are the reasons why this Golden State Warriors squad can win their first NBA Finals title since 1975? Here are five reasons why Mark Jackson and Co. can be bringing home some hardware come June.
5. Effective Play From The Bench
In Game 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers, coach Mark Jackson gave plenty of time to his bench players while the Warriors’ lead hovered around 20. Those guys that got a chance to play did not let up on the Golden State gas pedal whatsoever. Players like Toney Douglas, who is filling in the hole left by Jarrett Jack, and Marreese Speights came off the bench and performed admirably. The Golden State bench out-shined the Lakers' starting squad 51-42 in scoring. Perhaps Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni should re-assess who he wants to start basketball games.
4. Andre Iguodala Fits In Perfectly
Guard Andre Iguodala played exactly how the Warriors' front office hoped he would in the Wednesday night season-opener against the Lakers. He scored only seven points, but collected two steals, which is exactly what Golden State wants out of the former All-Star. His defense brings a presence to the Warriors' lineup that they haven’t had in years. He’ll be tested, however, once he’s matched up with premier players because he will be the Warriors’ No. 1 defender throughout this season.
3. Tremendous Homecourt Advantage
The Golden State Warriors have the best fans in the NBA, period. Oracle Arena sells out every night to die-hard fanatics that don’t shot screaming and shouting until the final buzzer; it is the basketball equivalent of the Seattle Seahawks’ “12th Man.” This crowd can carry the Warriors through the playoffs and into the NBA Finals, at which point indoor sound records may be shattered.
2. Mark Jackson: The Motivator
There is no coach in the NBA whose players are more invested in winning than Mark Jackson. He is the ultimate motivator, and it has been evident with the Warriors’ play over the last calendar year. Even with former assistant coach and “play guru” Mike Malone now head coach with the Sacramento Kings, Jackson still has 100 percent belief from his players that he is the man to lead them to a title. Jackson's players respect him greatly and want to give him an NBA championship.
1. Best Backcourt In The NBA
With guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Golden State Warriors possess the best backcourt in the NBA. Curry broke the single-season record for three-point baskets made last season, and Thompson looks as though he’s trying to break that record this year. Thompson scored a career-high 38 points in the Warriors’ season-opener Wednesday night on 15-of-19 shooting, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. These two, nicknamed the “Splash Brothers,” shoot the lights outs. No other duo of guards can shoot better than Curry and Thompson, and they look primed to lead the Warriors to an NBA title this season.