2011-12 Preview: Pacific Division

Golden State Warriors (2010 record: 36-46)

Why would anybody in their right mind sign Kwame Brown? After failing to land Tyson Chandler, the Golden State Warriors signed Kwame in order to shore up the center position. Starting center Andris Biedrins manages to get worse with each passing season and backup Udoh has yet to develop. The Warriors might use the amnesty clause to waive Biedrins sometime in the near future which opens the door for Kwame Brown. The Warrior’s front office is lucky that they have the most fanatic fans in the league who continue to support the team despite numerous bone-headed moves by the front office.

Key Players: Stephen Curry continues to develop into one of the best young point guards in the league. Alongside the explosive Ellis and defensive stopper Wright, the Warriors have an above average starting backcourt. While the starting backcourt is strong, they lack depth. If Curry or Ellis go down for an extended period of time the Warriors will be in trouble. It’ll be interesting to see if rookie Klay Thompson gets some time – he was quite the scorer in college and no slouch on defense. David Lee is a force in the post and the Warriors will lean heavily on his ability. He’s the team’s only true post player who can score in the paint consistently.

Season Outlook: The Warriors have too many defensive deficiencies to finish above .500. But, Curry and Ellis will provide plenty of excitement for Bay Area fans. The biggest storyline in Warriorland this year will be if Curry will improve enough to make it to the All Star roster.

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