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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Golden State is no joke

By Warren Blatt, Sports Network NBA Editor
By Warren Blatt, Sports Network NBA Editor

(Sports Network) - The Golden State Warriors are a team that is going to make some serious noise in the 2005-06 season. The have already shown that they are the real deal.

The Warriors are off to a great start and look primed to earn a playoff berth in the Western Conference for the first time since 1993-94, when the club won 50 games and was led by current executive vice president of basketball operations Chris Mullin, Latrell Sprewell and Chris Webber.

Golden State won 10 of its first 16 games to start the season. The Warriors are off to their best start since the 1991-92 campaign, when they captured 12 of their first 17 contests.

This addition of the Warriors are led by high-flying guard Jason Richardson. The 24-year-old Richardson had the best season of his career in the 2004-05 campaign, as he averaged a team-best 21.7 points to go along with 5.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. The Michigan State product, who is playing in his fifth season in the NBA, also shot a career- best 44.6 percent from the floor last year.

Richardson has started this season where he left off in 2004-05. He has scored in double-figures in all of the Warriors first 16 games of the campaign. The 6-6 guard has registered 20 or more points in 11 of those contests.

Two-time All-Star Baron Davis, who was acquired from the Hornets at last year's trade deadline, teams with Richardson to give the Warriors one of the most exciting and talented backcourt tandems in the league. Davis runs the point, while Richardson runs alongside him on the wing to help make Golden State very dangerous in transition.

Davis does not have to score as much for the Warriors as he needed to with the Hornets. He has become more of a pass first type of guard with Golden State. The 26-year-old guard has registered double-digits in six of the first 16 contests. Davis is the perfect complement to the athletic Richardson.

Yes, Golden State is in great shape in its backcourt. But the Warriors aren't just winning because of their dynamic duo.

Forwards Ike Diogu, who is in his rookie season, Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy have done their job, while reserve guards Derek Fisher and Mickael Pietrus have been very productive. Starting center Adonal Foyle is not a scorer, but he has been a presence in the middle by blocking shots and collecting rebounds.

Murphy, who has already posted seven double-doubles, is scoring in the low post and has been solid off the boards, while the 25-year-old Dunleavy has been inconsistent but has still been able to knock down timely shots. The 25-year-old Murphy and Dunleavy are young and are still getting better, which will eventually add up to more wins for Golden State.

The rookie Diogu, who missed Golden State's first 12 games with a hand injury, is going to help the Warriors out even more as he gains more experience on the court. Like Richardson and Davis, Diogu is athletic. He can hold his own on both ends of the floor, and will continue to be a big part of the nucleus as this team keeps moving forward into the future.

Mullin has given head coach Mike Montgomery an athletic, talented and youthful roster to work with. Davis and Richardson makeup an excellent backcourt, while Foyle, Dunleavy and Murphy are solid up front. Add Diogu, Fisher and Pietrus to the mix, and the Warriors are a team with some depth.

Don't be shocked if Golden State wins 45-48 games during the regular season and puts a scare into one of the elite teams in the first round of the playoffs. The Warriors have the enthusiasm and the talent to win some tough games.

The Warriors are not in the same category as San Antonio or Dallas, but they are an exciting squad that can play a fast-paced tempo or a half-court game. This is a team that cannot be taken lightly any more.

Golden State is no joke!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:06 pm
From Seattle, huh?... looks like little ol' us are making some noise up in this conference now, huh?!!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 6:43 am
The sonics themselves are looking good lately. They were a disgrace early on but now are at about 50%. Who knows, maybe they may make a player again out of Fortson or/and allow Nick Collison to develop and make a run at the playoffs this season. I doubt it though
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 7:35 am
I like this Sonics team, it has two stars (Allen & Rashard), several good role players (Evans, Fortson, Collison, ...), a good enough pg in Ridnour and scorers and hustle players in the bench (Flip, Wilkins, ...) only thing they're really missing from last year is Daniels.

Oh, yeah, and a head coach...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 7:56 am
And a center but hey.............

They could be decent but I don't see them being capable of being much better than 50% this season, just too much competition. Murray is really good for them and they needed him the last few games which they have been able to win
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:00 am
But the thing is that everybody needs a center. There are so few legit centers than Seattle and most teams teams can get by with a 4 playing it or a combination fo players. A center by committee.

And, also, I think Johan Petro has the chance of becoming (maybe not this season, but with time) a clone of Samuel Dalembert...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:03 am
The Sonics do have some promising young players and thy will need them to be as good as they can be. It just seems like Allen and Lewis carry the team so much and hardly anyone else does anything
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:08 am
Yeah, but they had a succesful season last year playing that way. I don't see a reason to change now.

It's a dangerous team. They won't be contenders if they get to the playoffs, but they're good enough to ruin somebody's season if they're hot.

But they have to fire Weiss (or demote him) and sign a real coach that can make them play sound defense.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:11 am
Nate McMillan really is something special and right now, he looks like the reason why the sonics played so well last season. I have been waiting for years for Rashard Lewis to become a real superstar - He has the body and skills to be TMac like but has never reached that level
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I think he already is a star, but a star that can't take over games by himself. Just able to get great numbers (even if I think is boards should be higher).

He's shown flashes of greatness from time to time. He has a couple of +40 points games (not saying much, as Jamison has consecutive +50 games) and some moments in which he looked like a real star, while other times he seems like he's not interested in the game. It's gotta be maddening for his head coach.

He looks like a great second option, and fortunately for Seattle, they have their first option in Allen, so Rashard is able to play his role nicely.

Last week he (Lewis) openly talked about leaving Seattle at the end of his contract (next year). If it happens, Seattle will face tough times...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 6:08 pm
If he hinted that there was a chance that he would leave then I would trade him as soon as something good came up! The sonics can't afford to lose anyone else, especially there second best player! Since Paul Pierce has been frequently spoken of being traded, he would be an option for the sonics and they could even get a straight up trade one for one, since Lewis is younger, taller and still could get better
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 3:57 am
I'd still wait til the next season. It's to early to trade him now. Who knows?, if their record gets better, he may even re-sign there during the summer...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 7:02 am
You don't wanna hear a guy say that he is thinking about leaving! I would trade him for just that! That is not what a team needs
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:50 pm
If I remember well, J-Rich said something like that to force the team to re-sign him before the start of last season. It may be something like that. If not, why would he say so now?
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