On Thursday, we gave you our All-Breakout Team for the upcoming season for the Eastern Conference. Today, we bring you our Western Conference All-Breakout Team. These are the players we believe are on the verge of breaking out or standing out. We used the same parameters – five players, one at each position, but no rookies. Let’s get right to it.
Free agent guard Leandro Barbosa officially signed with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday to play a backup role behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Barbosa, who was just eliminated from the FIBA tournament after suffering a 84-56 loss against Serbia, will look to provide a much-needed scoring punch off the bench for the Warriors as he has done throughout his career. On Thursday, the guard shared his excitement to join his newest team:
Much has been made of Tim Duncan’s comments following a Game 6 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder when he declared that his team would beat the Miami Heat this time. It’s understandable because the words came from Duncan, and he rarely ever says things that are headline-worthy. More importantly, LeBron James assumed that the Spurs don’t like the Heat based on Duncan’s comments. Still, Duncan and others on the team mostly believe nothing out of the ordinary was said. Tony Parker,
Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut hasn’t been heard from since he fractured a rib back on April 13 against the Portland Trail Blazers – just six days before the playoffs. When news broke that he would be unable to play due to the severe injury, the chances of a first-round upset by the Warriors against the Los Angeles Clippers became that much slimmer. It’s hard to blame Bogut for not being available: would you risk puncturing your lung for any game?
As SheridanHoops own Chris Bernucca reported earlier, the Golden State Warriors have fired head coach Mark Jackson. Jackson’s dismissal has raised questions around the league. He helped lift the Warriors out of the NBA’s dark abyss, turning them from a 20-win team to a perennial 50-win team and playoff threat. After taking the San Antonio Spurs to six games in last years Western Conference semi’s, Jackson, with a talented yet precariously assembled roster, led the Warriors to another 50-win season and lost
In terms of competitiveness and venom, nothing comes close to matching what this series should bring. These teams simply do not like one another, and their rivalry has been building over the course of two seasons in which the hatred between the teams has only grown with each encounter. If you had to pick one series and one series only to watch every minute of, this would be the winner among those who like their hoops with some histrionics. If you had
After a season-long battle to see who would end up with the eighth and final seed of the Western Conference, the Memphis Grizzlies proved to be the winner of the coveted position – relatively speaking – on Monday after beating the Phoenix Suns 97-91. Unlike teams in the East, where some barely over .500 or even under it made it into the playoffs, the Suns will go home early despite an impressive 47-34 record – good enough to be the fifth
With only one game left to go on the season, the Golden State Warriors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-120 on Monday to win 50 games for the first time since the 1993-94 season, when they finished with a 50-32 record. With the victory, the Warriors assured themselves of a first-round matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. It’s an amazing accomplishment for a franchise that has struggled for so long, and it shows a clear sign