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NBA Franchise Power Rankings – #19: Golden State Warriors

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Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors

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Previous rankings:

#30 - Charlotte Bobcats (+ introduction)
#29 - Phoenix Suns
#28 - Denver Nuggets
#27 - Detroit Pistons
#26 - Milwaukee Bucks
#25 - Philadelphia 76ers
#24 - Houston Rockets
#23 - Portland Trailblazers
#22 - Toronto Raptors
#21 - Indiana Pacers
#20 - Atlanta Hawks

#19 – Golden State Warriors

Best assets: PG Stephen Curry (legitimate starter), SG Monta Ellis (legitimate starter), PF/C Ekpe Udoh (young, projects from borderline starter to legitimate starter), SG Klay Thompson (young, projects from borderline starter to legitimate starter), PF/C David Lee (expensive legitimate all-star), SF Dorrell Wright (borderline starter), RFA Reggie Williams (borderline starter), 2013 GS 1st

Negative assets: C Andris Biedrins (3 years, 27 million)

Draft picks owed: 2012 1st to Utah (top 7 protected)

Total Trade Value Ranking: #20

Overall synopsis: The Warriors are a bit like the inverse version of the Atlanta Hawks, which is why they’re ranked next to them. The Hawks are built on two big men in Josh Smith and Al Horford, the Warriors are built on two guards in Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. Smith and Ellis are in similar positions as headache inducing personalities who are likely on their way out for a more complimentary piece sooner than later. The Warriors, as has been the case for about 3 decades, are in desperate need of size and defensive contributers to compliment their offensive talent. As with many of the teams listed before them, the fundamental question confronting the Warriors is “How do we climb from here?”. Are they headed towards a playoff knockout team with an unbreakable ceiling, or can they build a team with 55 win instead of 45 win potential. Here’s what they have: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by jr.

November 27, 2011 at 6:21 pm

The Empire State Wears No Clothes: Amare is NOT the MVP

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Amar'e addresses the masses

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Wow.  Alright, we’re have halfway through the NBA season, and the MVP race is the strangest I’ve ever followed.  Every candidate has a mark against them, and no one really would have a chance against the competition from last season, despite the fact that it’s all the same players and then some in the pool of candidates.  It’s tough, I know, but that’s no excuse for this fellas.

Sports Illustrated check came out with their mid-year awards, and if you take their writers’ votes and tally them up, Amare Stoudemire is their choice for MVP.  They aren’t alone.  nba.com’s Race to the MVP has Amare at #1, ESPN’s Awards Watch has Amare at #3.  That’s as good of a collection of the established media as we’re going to get right now in an award the media votes for – and they’re telling us Amare is the favorite for the MVP right now.  I keep my own weekly MVP list because I really enjoy thinking about this stuff, and because I respect the NBA’s MVP.  It’s fashionable to knock it, but I always defend the voters.  But this, folks, is just crazy.  Excuse me while I get on this here soap box so I can talk y’all down.

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Written by Matt Johnson

January 21, 2011 at 2:02 am

2011 NBA POY Watch

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In the grand tradition of the MVP Watch, here I’ll be doing the Player of the Year Watch.  For more explanation on what the POY concept is, here’s the post I introduced it to this blog.  Quick & dirty though, think of it is as my MVP Watch, except that when the regular season ends, I’m going to keep going, and my POY won’t be settled until an NBA champion is crowned.

We’re 2 weeks in to the 2010-11 NBA season, which in my experience is about the first point at which it makes sense to start thinking about this.  Granted it’s still ridiculously early, but for those of us who like this sort of thing, we want to get to it as soon as it’s at all meaningful.  So we’ve hit meaning now?  Yup.  The good the Lakers have shown us and the bad the Timberwolves have inflicted upon us aren’t illusions.

My top 10:

1. Chris Paul

There’s really not much room for debate with Paul at #1.  There are only 2 undefeated teams in the league, and Paul’s Hornets have far less supporting cast talent than the Lakers do.  With their defeat of the Heat, it’s just not reasonable to dismiss what they’ve done, even as I think we all have our doubts about how well this performance can be maintained.

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Written by Matt Johnson

November 8, 2010 at 11:47 pm