By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on May 28, 2014
After losing in seven games in the first round of the NBA playoffs to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Golden State Warriors' starting lineup could look a lot different to begin next season. The Warriors already fired head coach Mark Jackson and replaced him with former player/broadcaster Steve Kerr, but the impact of that move is yet to be seen. Golden State could also look to make some moves on the court. Here's their projected starting five.
Steph Curry is the heart and soul of this Warriors team, and there are rumors that he was none too pleased with the firing of his coach. That being said, Curry doesn't seem like the type of player to let such trivialities get in his way, and there's no reason to expect him to be anything but one of the best PGs in the league again next season. Curry is the best shooter in the league and will be starting at the point on opening night.
In this scenario, the Warriors decide to shake things up and deal Klay Thompson and David Lee to Minnesota for Kevin Love. As such, this allows Harrison Barnes to step into the starting lineup in place of Thompson. Barnes has had a disappointing first few seasons in Oakland and he doesn't profile as a true two-guard, but perhaps a change of coach and consistent opportunity to start will get him going.
After signing a big money free agent deal with Golden State prior to last season, Andre Iguodala proved to be worth every penny. Iguodala spearheaded the Warriors' defensive resurgence and showed his versatility in being able to guard almost any wing in the league. Iguodala is still one of the best all-around forwards in the game, and there's no doubt he'll be in the starting lineup to begin the season.
This is where things get a bit crazy. In an effort to build on a team that hasn't been able to make it over the hump the last few seasons, the Warriors move Klay Thompson and David Lee to Minnesota and acquire Kevin Love. While Love is no guarantee to re-sign in Golden State, this kind of move would make the Warriors one of the favorites out West. While losing Thompson would be tough, Love's interior presence would be a huge help for the Dubs.
If Andrew Bogut could ever stay healthy, he'd be one of the best centers in the league. Alas, Bogut always seems to have some sort of malady that keeps him out games at a time, which was no more evident than when he missed Golden State's first-round series with the Clippers. If Bogut can stay on the court, a frontcourt comprised of him and Love would be one of the best in the league. Bogut, assuming good health, will be a starter once again.
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