With the All-Star break ending on Tuesday for the Golden State Warriors, it is a perfect time to grade how each Warrior and the team did in their first 30 games.
David Lee 19.3 ppg 9.8 rpg 51.6 FG%
Lee has a reliable jumper and a much improved post-up game. Has scored in double-figures in every game he’s played and has been an excellent offensive rebounder. Lee is the most consistent Warrior so far this season.
Ekpe Udoh 4.4 ppg 3.7 rpg 1.7 bpg 40.8 FG%
Udoh is the best defender on the Warriors. Can block shots and defend without fouling. Needs to develop a post-game on offense. Undersized or not, Udoh has earned the right to start at center.
Brandon Rush 8.4 ppg 48.6 FG% 52.4 3PT%
The Warriors easily came out on top in the Lou Amundson-Brandon Rush trade. Rush leads the NBA in 3-point shooting and has come up with huge blocks on defense. Has cooled off in February.
Dominic McGuire 2.1 ppg 2.8 rpg 36.5 FG%
McGuire is the best perimeter and late-game defender the Warriors have. Needs to get more consistent playing time. Has shown he can be a difference maker on defense.
Monta Ellis 22.5 ppg 5.8 apg 1.5 spg 43.3 FG%
Ellis continues to be a scorer and an above-average passer. But has struggled in late-game situations. Having played less minutes might mean a fresher Ellis down the stretch.
Stephen Curry 16.5 ppg 6.2 apg 48.1 FG% 45.1 3PT%
Except for free throws, Curry has improved his shooting ever so slightly. Assists are up and turnovers are down. Health (missed nine games) is the primary concern. Has gotten injured without contact on the most basic basketball plays. Consistency is also a concern. Curry remains the most valuable and most fragile asset the Warriors have.
Klay Thompson 7.2 ppg 45.2 FG% 45.2 3PT%
Thompson can shoot the ball. Needs to drive and get to the free throw line more. Has struggled in the past few games.
Nate Robinson 10.0 ppg 3.7 apg 40.6 FG% 34.3 3PT%
Robinson provides instant offense off the bench. Can go on a hot or cold streak in any given game. Tends to force shots up, but is a willing driver. Also brings energy and hustle every night.
Jackson promised defense when he was hired last June. The Warriors currently rank 22nd in opponent field goal percentage (45.3) and 26th in points allowed (100.7). Last season, the Warriors finished 21st (46.7) and 27th (105.7).
There were 16 teams allowing 100 or more points last season. There are only five this season. The Warriors are one of four teams allowing 100 points or more in both seasons.
Jackson has shown he is willing to sit players who are underperforming, but continues to start Biedrins at center.
Jackson promised playoffs this season. The Warriors are 13-17 and are in 12th place in the Western Conference.
Dorell Wright 10.7 ppg 4.7 rpg 41.9 FG% 35.9 3PT%
Wright’s numbers are down in every category. Has gone scoreless in four games where he’s played more than 25 minutes. Lack of confidence and aggressiveness have become apparent.
Andris Biedrins 2.4 ppg 4.5 rpg 1.1 bpg 65.2 FG%
Biedrins showed promise in the season opener, scoring 10 points against the Los Angeles Clippers, but has only 51 points in 25 games since. He has gone scoreless in 10 games and attempted zero or one shot in 16 games. Has pulled down double-digit rebounds only once and has 17 more fouls than points. Simply unacceptable numbers for a starting center in any league.
Kwame Brown 6.3 ppg 6.3 rpg 52.5 FG%
Brown played only nine games. Great low-post defender.
Charles Jenkins 2.4 ppg 1.4 apg 48.8 FG%
Jenkins has a smooth jumper and doesn’t turned the ball over. Started eight games in place of Curry, but hasn’t gotten minutes once Curry returned.
Jeremy Tyler 1.9 ppg 1.0 rpg 52.6 FG%
Tyler has shown some talent when he’s on the floor. The NBA is too quick for Tyler at this moment, but he’s only 20.
Chris Wright 0.9 ppg 0.6 rpg 50.0 FG%
Wright hasn’t been given the opportunity to show what he can do.
The Warriors are three games out of a playoff spot and 3.5 games from being able to keep their first round pick.
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