Golden State Warriors: Another Season in NBA Limbo?

February 25th, 2012 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
With 30 games down and 36 remaining, the Golden State Warriors appear headed for yet another year finishing at the top....of the NBA's bottom rung.

At 13-17, the preseason playoff dreams of owner Joe Lacob and new head coach Mark Jackson look no more realistic than the regular-season pipe dreams of Lacob and general manager Larry Riley of bringing Dwight Howard to the Bay.

The Warriors are technically only three games out of the eighth playoff spot, but would need to leapfrog four teams to earn that early first-round exit.

What's worse is that while the club's record only betters three of their Western Conference peers, it actually ranks them higher than seven teams in the Eastern Conference. In other words, that much-discussed top-seven lottery protected pick will likely wind up in Utah.

Despite being ranked as one of the better draft classes in recent history, losing a mid-to-late lottery selection would not be the end of the world for this organization. After all, the team has had seven draft picks between sixth and 14th since 2004, and the best piece they have acquired is either oft-injured Stephen Curry or sweet-shooting (perhaps lim ...

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