Top 5 Offseason Priorities for the Golden State Warriors

By Nick Sciria

Top 5 Offseason Priorities for the Golden State Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors are a difficult team to gauge. After winning at least 47 games in two straight seasons, Golden State fired head coach Mark Jackson after they failed to advance past the first round in the playoffs. Now, with Steve Kerr at the helm, the Warriors look to improve on the franchise's recent success. This offseason will be another important one in the process of an NBA title, as these five priorities will need to be addressed.

5. Acquire A Backup Center

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5. Acquire A Backup Center

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After Festus Ezeli went down with a torn ACL in last year's offseason, the Warriors were short a big man. This was devastating for the Warriors, as starting center Andrew Bogut has had a long history of injuries. This became extremely evident when Golden State was slated against the Los Angeles Clippers in a first-round matchup. With Jermaine O'Neal set for free agency, the Warriors absolutely need another capable backup big man.

4. Add A Backup Point Guard

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4. Add A Backup Point Guard

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The Warriors acquired Steve Blake at the trade deadline last year, hoping he would be a plausible backup point guard. Blake left a lot to be desired, however, only shooting 37 percent from the field. Blake is now a free agent, and the Warriors will need to look for a better playmaking option to run their offense behind Curry.

3. Get Andrew Bogut Healthy

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3. Get Andrew Bogut Healthy

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When Andrew Bogut plays, the Warriors transform into one of the league's best teams. Bogut can finish at the rim as other defenders pay attention to shooters like Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. He is also a capable rim-protector, necessary because Curry and David Lee's strength do not lie on the defensive end. Bogut has had his fair share of injuries, averaging only 56 games per season so far in his NBA career.

2. Get Acclimated To Steve Kerr's System

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2. Get Acclimated To Steve Kerr's System

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After firing Mark Jackson, the Warriors again chose a coach who does not have any coaching experience in Steve Kerr. This hire has come under a lot of fire, as Jackson has increased the Warrior's win total in each of his three seasons as head coach. Now, Kerr will have to show fans and players alike that the Golden State management made the right move.

1. Develop Harrison Barnes

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1. Develop Harrison Barnes

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Harrison Barnes' rookie season excited the Golden State fanbase. Barnes played solid defense while showing confidence in his slashing ability. He also displayed a consistent ability to make shots from behind the arc. His postseason was even more impressive, averaging over 16 points and six rebounds per game. This excitement, however, dwindled over this past year. Barnes, slated in a new bench role, was less aggressive and his confidence shrunk.

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