2006 Golden State Warriors Preview
Welcome to the 2006 Golden State Warriors NBA Preview from Maddux Sports. The regular season opens up October 31st and now is the time to study up on this years teams. If you regularly wager on the NBA our handicappers for Expert NBA Picks and check out the NBA Spreads page to compare odds and increase your winning percentage this season.
2006 Golden State Warriors Basketball Season Preview
The Warriors were 34- 48 last season and 7- 14 in games that were decided by three points or less. If they can turn that second stat around, they could be in the playoffs this season. However, that’s easier said than done.
Point guard Baron Davis (17.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 8.9 APG, 38.9 FG%, 67.5 FT%) starts his eighth NBA having sustained injuries over the past three out of four years. Last season he missed 28 games. He can penetrate and post up; he starts the season with something to prove regarding his toughness and his diminishing skills. If he can stay healthy and produce, the Warriors may make the post-season. Jason Richardson (23.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.1 APG, 44.6 FG%, 67.3 FT%), at shooting guard, has improved his offensive game dramatically but must get better on “D.”
Small forward Mike Dunleavy (11.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.6 FG%, 77.8 FT%) can’t shoot. Although he’s a good ball handler with terrific court vision, many are starting to feel that he’s not a starter. The club’s power forward could be veteran Troy Murphy (14.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 43.3 FG%, 78.7 FT%) or sophomore Ike Diogu (7.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 52.4 FG%, 81.0 FT%). Diogu, although inexperienced, brings an inside game, which Murphy has never developed.
There are a bunch of guys lined up to play center, but none seem to be the whole package. Adonal Foyle (4.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 0.4 APG, 50.7 FG%, 61.2 FT%), who can block shots, is most likely the starter, but he has unsure hands and lacks potential as a consistent scorer.
Coach Mike Montgomery (68- 96) enters his third season as Golden State’s man in charge. Coming to the pro ranks after 18 years at Stanford, Montgomery has made steady but slow progress in the NBA. For the most part, he connects well with his players, who he treats with respect.
This team has talent and youth. They are probably still a few years away from the playoffs, however if they can gel they’ll get there sooner.