Kevin Durant is joining the Golden State Warriors. He is helping a team that has made back-to-back NBA Finals appearances, won an NBA title, and won 73 games last season. That means that Harrison Barnes is expendable now. They will keep Durant now and let Barnes walk.
The Golden State Warriors are on a cusp of winning 73 games and losing less than 10 games in a single NBA season. They have won consecutive NBA games because they did not allow their flaws and weaknesses be exposed on the basketball court, instead they showed 29 other NBA teams their strengths and what they can do with a basketball. It is truly gifted basketball players at work. We can appreciate a seven footer like Andrew Bogut facilitating like a point guard and running the break after a rebound and he can pass very well too. Draymond Green is the Warriors’ hustle and flow for rebounds, defense, and blocks. He can really handle a basketball for a point forward and he can run with the best of them. Harrison Barnes is a talented three-point shooter and he is one of the better perimeter defenders. Klay Thompson is also another talented three-point shooter and he can run with the best of them also. Klay has the ability to make shots from anywhere on the court. Stephen Curry is the Warriors’ MVP and he doesn’t have a lack of enthusiasm for taking and hoisting a lot of three point shots. He makes more three-pointers than he misses usually and rarely will he have an off-night. If the Warriors reach 73 wins, they will be in the record books forever as the 2015-16 Warriors that broke the record of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls 72-10 record.
The Golden State Warriors are 16-0 after winning their sixteenth game in a row. Harrison Barnes rolled his ankle. The Warriors have the personnel to deal with wins and Barnes is a small part of dealing with their success. Golden State will survive without Harrison Barnes.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr knew what he was doing when he stepped in to coach these players. He made sure they knew to play the right way and to show up professionally and make correct decisions on the basketball court. From Stephen Curry to Klay Thompson to Draymond Green to Andrew Bogut to Harrison Barnes, these Warriors showed up to play ball and contribute in each and every way as possible. There wasn’t anything to ask from them. They’d do it for the team.
The addition of Andre Iguodala in the Golden State Warriors offseason made a dividend now when he made a clutch last second shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder to win it 116-115. Iguodala had 14 points and 9 assists. Warrior teammate Klay Thompson had 27 points to pace the Warriors in their thrilling victory. Stephen Curry had 22 points also to pace Golden State as well. Moving Iguodala to the small forward position and having Harrison Barnes come off the bench may seem a savvy move for Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, but worries to Mark Jackson on how to divvy up the minutes between both Iguodala and Barnes, because both are worthy of having 20+ minutes.
The Warriors have a very good defensive team, worthy of breaking down the game with their fast-paced pack of steals and blocked shots anchored by Andrew Bogut. With Andre Iguodala, they have a perimeter player who can defend the other team’s best perimeter scorer and make mad baskets on the other end. They may have a better basketball team statistically ahead of the San Antonio Spurs and the Indiana Pacers, because of what they can do on the defensive end in terms of generating steals for their offense. The best offense is their defense, as always the saying, “defense wins championships.”
The Golden State Warriors are having a terrific season. With players like Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes, they will go longer into the playoffs, because they believe they have a great basketball team on their hands. Stephen Curry and David Lee are the Warriors mainstays. With players like Andris Biedrins and Festus Ezeli and Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, they will go far. With a great motivator like Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, you can’t go wrong with Golden State failing to make the playoffs because of their smart basketball play and high team performance IQ.
I expect to see Ben Gordon contribute in some big way to the Charlotte Bobcats’ offense. I really don’t see the Bobcats having an exciting season to the NBA playoffs. Expect Charlotte to make an impact with their youth movement.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will be held back by the lack of depth. Kyrie Irving is the engine that runs the ship and he is the engine that will stop running the ship also. There will be no surprises here in the Cavs’ season.
The Mavericks get Elton Brand to pair up with Dirk Nowitzki? What are they thinking? Darren Collison has come abroad now with his scoring offense first and his assists-to-turnover ratio second. They’ve got Chris Kaman and O.J. Mayo from the Memphis Grizzlies now.
Watch and see the Denver Nuggets get hammered by Javale McGee’s personal development. He will hold back the Nuggets’ positive process as Denver is rebuilding behind their new acquisition in Andre Iguodala, their best perimeter defender.
Expect to see the Detroit Pistons rebuild in these better days behind draft pick Andre Drummond as he pairs up with Greg Monroe in the frontcourt. The Pistons aren’t expected to do any better, but is Tayshaun Prince happy in Detroit these few declining NBA seasons of missing the NBA playoffs?
The Golden State Warriors are in need of some really good bench players. They signed Andrew Bogut last season during the trade deadline. Watch and see how Harrison Barnes develops for the Warriors. He is a good NBA player who will be expected to thrive in this type of competitive and physical environment.
The Houston Rockets have too much youth. They have a lot of players on their roster who are either rookies or are 26 years old and under. They don’t have a clear-cut leader for this team. Better be Jeremy Lin or they’re really lost.