Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Sep 27, 2011 / 11:00 am

NBA Fantasy Team Analysis: The Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry (photo. Nicky Woo)

The Golden State Warriors have perennially been one of the more favorable NBA teams for fantasy basketball fans. The arrival of new head coach Mark Jackson may mean more energy spent on the defensive end of the court, but make no mistake – the crew from Oakland still has plenty of appeal for fantasy purposes. After all, not many teams boast four players who can potentially be drafted in the first three rounds of drafts whenever the NBA resumes.

Depth chart:
PG: Stephen Curry, Jeremy Lin, Charles Jenkins, Acie Law*^
SG: Monta Ellis, Klay Thompson, Charlie Bell
SF: Dorell Wright, Reggie Williams**, Al Thornton*
PF: David Lee, Louis Amundson, Vladimir Radmanovic*
C: Andris Biedrins, Ekpe Udoh, Jeremy Tyler

* unrestricted free agent
** restricted free agent
^ locked into overseas contract with no opt-out clause

Relevant fantasy players and their projected draft positions/per-game stats:
– Stephen Curry, PG (Rd. 1): 48% FG, 90% FT, 2 Threes, 19.5 Pts, 4.5 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 TO
– Monta Ellis, PG/SG (Rd. 2): 45% FG, 75% FT, 1.5 Threes, 23 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 TO
– Dorell Wright, SG/SF (Rd. 3): 44% FG, 80% FT, 2.2 Threes, 15 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1.5 Stl, 0.7 Blk, 1.5 TO
– David Lee, PF/C (Rd. 3): 55% FG, 80% FT, 18 Pts, 10.5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 0.5 Blk, 2 TO
– Reggie Williams, SG/SF (Rd. 12+): 45% FG, 75% FT, 0.8 Threes, 10 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 0.7 TO
– Klay Thompson, SG (Rd. 13+): 38% FG, 80% FT, 0.8 Threes, 6 Pts, 2.5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1.5 TO
– Ekpe Udoh, PF/C (Rd. 13+): 45% FG, 65% FT, 5 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 0.7 Stl, 2 Blk, 1.5 TO

Sleeper:
Thompson

Most likely to surprise:
Lee

Most likely to disappoint:
Wright

Category specialists:
– Threes: Curry, Ellis, Wright
– Steals: Curry, Ellis, Wright
– Blocks: Udoh

Things to consider:
– How credible trade rumors involving Ellis are, and Thompson’s resulting value
– Curry’s health
– How much Coach Jackson’s emphasis on defense affects their offensive energy/tempo

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2010-11:
– Pts: 7th
– FGM: 1st
– FGA: 1st
– FG%: 14th
– FT%: 17th
– 3PTM: T-4th
– Reb: T-19th
– Ast: 7th
– TO: T-22nd
– Stl: 2nd
– Blk: 12th
– Pace: 5th
– Offensive Efficiency: T-12th
– Defensive Efficiency: 26th

Throughout the season, be sure to leave your questions, comments, concerns, trade offers, roster problems and more in the comments below.

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  • http://deleted dagwaller

    I don’t know. I had a great season 2 years ago thanks to Curry…

    …but dude looks like a walking 65 game player. Just doesn’t look like he can survive!

    Had a great season from Dorell Wright last year (autopick luck), too. “Most likely to disappoint” doesn’t even begin to tell the story. I’m thinking he’ll still provide 5th round value, but I’m not going to trust taking him that high.