GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
2009-10 record: 26-56, 13th place in Western Conference
STEPHEN CURRY will play more of a traditional point guard role this year . . . MONTA ELLIS will still get a ton of touches and a ton of shots. He and Curry will combine to play more minutes than any guard combo in the NBA . . . REGGIE WILLIAMS is on the fringe of the rotation and could earn a time-split with Dorell Wright . . . CHARLIE BELL will likely be the first guard off the bench, though Curry and Ellis don’t sit often . . . JANNERO PARGO can play either guard spot in a pinch. Football lines.
The Warriors couldn’t rebound last year, which is why they severely overpaid to bring in DAVID LEE. Lee will play in a similar system to Mike D’Antoni’s in New York, so his rebounding numbers should translate . . . As the team’s best defender, DORELL WRIGHT should play big minutes. He won’t be able to help but post some decent offensive numbers in this up-tempo system . . . They’ll ease him back from his shoulder injury, but BRANDAN WRIGHT still has some upside . . . They wanted to buy out VLAD RADMANOVIC this summer; he’s not in their plans . . . EKPE UDOH won’t make his debut until midseason because of a wrist injury. Odds.
ANDRIS BIEDRINS was in Don Nelson’s doghouse before an abdominal injury ended his year. The arrival of double-digit rebounder in Lee makes Beidrins less of a necessity in the lineup; he’ll have to earn his way back . . . Yertle the Turtle (aka DAN GADZURIC) was overrated at UCLA and this may be the last chance to catch Yertle’s brand of comedic basketball at the NBA level. Football betting lines.
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win NBA Championship: 200-to-1
2009-10 TEAM STATISTICS
Offense – 108.8 points per game (2nd in the NBA)
Defense – 112.4 points per game (Last in the NBA)