Lets face it, since the trade of Monta Ellis to the Bucks,the Warriors season has gotten a little less interesting. The playoffs arebeyond a longshot and its pretty much about next season.So, if its about 2012-13, lets take a look at what theWarriors roster might be taking into account, of course, there might be sometinkers and subtractions.Question: Is this a playoff roster? And if not, what elsedoes it need?The Warriors may have a high draft pick andor a little bitof free agent money to add to the roster.Guards: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson,Nate Robinson, Charles Jenkins.Forwards: Dorell Wright, David Lee, RichardJefferson, Brandon Rush, Dominic McGuire.Centers: Andrew Bogut, Andris Biedrins,Jeremy Tyler.My initial inclination is that is not yet a playoff roster.Not in the West anyway. Heres what I think still needs addressing:Solid third guard: Curry and Thompson, ayoungish and inconsistent backcourt at this point, are going to need someonereliable backing them up. Ideally, the player would have size and be more of adefensive player than offensive player.The guys also got to be able to handle the ball and be ableto make a decision or two. Chances are, a player such as that would have apretty big role on the team. Curry, for example, doesnt figure to be playing36-plus minutes per game next season given his ankle issues.And Thompson will still mostly be an unproven second-yearshooting guard.Good big man off bench: Even assumingAndrew Bogut and David Lee are mostly healthy next season, there will still beminutes to be had behind them. More importantly, those available minutes willneed to be filled by someone more than just passable or serviceable if theWarriors are going to make it into the posteason.The player is going to need to be a good defender, just likethe theoretical third guard the Warriors need to get. Its tough to maintainthat such a player is currently on the roster.Ideally, the player would be more of a center than a powerforward, simply because the bigger the player the better as it concerns theWarriors. Yes, Bogut is a big boy, but Lee isnt a physical or plus-sizeddefender, and, overall the Warriors could use more athleticism on thefrontline.Upgrade at small forward: This would betough to pull off but its a place where the Warriors have to get better.Wright had a breakout year a season ago, but he has struggled this season.Jefferson is most definitely a professional, but his best years are behind himand hes not the athletic player he once was.Rush has exceeded expectations, but hes not consideredstarter material. McGuire is far more of a specialist than a starter.The Warriors could stand some more athleticism at thisposition, and if thats what they want, theyll have to look outside the rosterto find it.
Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.
Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.
"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks.
And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.
We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.
Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.
Thank you for listening."
The Warriors' next three home games are:
1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)
Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller
Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.
After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.
History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.
Warriors by 8.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.
Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.
Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.
The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?
DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.
ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.