May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson (second from left) instructs his team in a huddle against the San Antonio Spurs during the fourth quarter in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Are the Golden State Warriors a Top-Tier Team?

The Golden State Warriors stack up to be a top-tier team in the near future. Stephen Curry’s lights-out shooting and ability to create his own shot poses a threat to any defense.

This year, he set the single-season three-point record, yet wasn’t selected to be an All Star. After another full season, if he can manage to strengthen his ankles and keep them healthy, he will undoubtedly be one of the best point guards and shooters in the league.

Around Curry stand Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and David Lee, all poised for greatness. A healthy season for the entire team and Andrew Bogut’s continued dominating play from this year’s playoffs could generate national acclaim starting next season.

Unfortunately, the Warriors have been plagued with injuries, and they must stay healthy next year to be a top-tier team. The real window of opportunity for the young Warriors team begins with the 2014-2015 season.

With the contracts of Richard Jefferson, Andrew Bogut, and Andris Biedrins coming off the books, the team can choose re-sign Bogut and address team needs with a quality free agent class.

Consistency dictates to the fans who resides on the top-tier. Warriors fans regularly fill Oracle Arena, and the national spotlight shone on the Warriors in this year’s playoffs for other fan bases to witness the team.

The Warriors will be in a shining new stadium in 2017. If the team continues to reach the playoffs, they will certainly be a top-tier team when they move their home court across the bay.

They have the makings to be top-tier this year, and ample opportunity to improve the following year. It’s a matter of national attention to be at the top; if the Warriors draft, play, and act like the top-tier, general NBA fans will notice soon, if they haven’t already.

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