2011 Golden State Warriors: The Five Necessary Steps to the Playoffs

January 12th, 2011 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
Head coach Keith Smart and his Golden State Warriors find themselves in all too familiar predicament.

Sitting seven games below .500 (15-22), the Warriors need to decide now if they're willing to sacrifice and grind out a push for the eighth playoff spot--currently just four games out of reach--or cash in on some of their tradeable assets with an eye toward the future.

The decision is hardly an easy one.

With a new ownership group in place, members of the coaching staff and front office know that they have a limited time to impress these owners who have no personal or professional history with them. In that case, perhaps a run at the playoffs is what's needed to re-invigorate the Bay Area fans and save some jobs.

On the other hand, the Warriors top three players--sorry David Lee, but right now Dorell Wright joins Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis as Oakland's Big Three--are all under 26 years old. The national media are always quick to point out that while a talented team, the Warriors are still a few players away from becoming a good team. So, why not use some of that $23-plus million in expiring contracts and trade exceptions to bring in a ...

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