Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Quietly Successful Offseason

The Warriors didn't make any big splash this summer by signing a Deron Williams or anything like that, but they did add to areas of weakness and have constructed a pretty good team heading into the 2012-13.

They've been planning for this season since their big deal came before last February's trade deadline, acquiring the center they've longed for in Oakland for years. Most of this offseason has been about trying to find complimentary players to come in and help the new look Warriors. They've had three key moments this offseason, none of which were earth shattering, but should be extremely effective in the long haul. The biggest addition obviously came through the draft in the form of the uber-talented Harrison Barnes. The lengthy small forward out of UNC should blend right in with the Warriors motto and has even been better than anticipated in Vegas this summer. Barnes should step right in as the starting 3 on opening night and he's should be one of the finalists for Rookie of the Year by April if things go like they should. With him, Klay Thompson and Curry, the Warriors have put together an excellent young nucleus.

The second biggest acquisition over the summer in my mind was the addition of Jarret Jack. After the Dubs got Barnes in the draft, it made Dorrell Wright completely expendable, and the Warriors ended up getting a pretty good return for him. Jack is huge for this team because he can start at either the point guard or the 2-guard spot and give you above average minutes. Ultimately, Jack gives the Warriors a security blanket for Steph Curry in the form of a young veteran who can run an offense. As good as Nate Robinson was at times for the Dubs last season, he's nowhere near the level of player Jack is, and it wouldn't surprise me to see Jack become a prominent 6th man in Golden State.

The last stage for the Warriors, or at least up to this point, was putting the icing on the cake with the re-signing of Brandon Rush, and then the inking of Carl Landry. Rush had such a good year for the Warriors last season that they weren't going to let him go without a fight, and they ended up keeping him in the Bay Area. Landry had been a target of the Warriors for a couple of seasons, apparently, and after weeks of talk with him, the Dubs inked him around the same time they did Rush. With those two guys locked up and the Warriors starting position players and their backups seemingly in place, there really isn't much left for the front office to do between now and October. Basically it's time to sit and wait while the youngsters get their feet wet in Las Vegas and your two most important players nurse their injured ankles.

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