Golden State Warriors: Comparing Them to the Miami Heat, Position by Position

Dec 12, 2012; Miami FL, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) is pressured by Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (15) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors have properly established themselves as deep team, and possibly one of the contenders heading into the 2013-2014 season.

With the acquisitions of Andre Iguodala, Toney Douglas, Jermaine O’Neal, and Marreese Speights, the Warriors have safety coming off the bench, and one of the best starting lineups in all of the NBA.

They may not be comparable to the Miami Heat quite yet, but if they do make the playoffs, they have a good shot at getting to the Finals.

There’s nowhere to go but up at this point for the Warriors. The losses of Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack hurt, but the Warriors are a resilient team with a great coach and an All-Star lineup. They know what they’re doing in terms of winning basketball games.

So how do they match up with the NBA’s best?

1. Stephen Curry vs Mario Chalmers:

Well. This is a tough decision (Obviously I’m kidding about that).

The Heat have had success, not because Chalmers has been a great facilitator, but because they have the ball in Lebron James’ hand most of the time. He controls the offense, forcing Chalmers to play a position similar to that of a two-guard. He’s a great shooter and can handle when he needs to, but he isn’t better than Curry.

Curry is insane, and I mean that in the best way possible. He shoots maybe eleven 3-point shots on a night that he’s hot, and he could make up to nine of them. He already broke the record for most 3-point makes in the regular season with 272. He can score off the dribble and drive the basketball. He is the Warriors’ star.
Winner: Stephen Curry

2. Klay Thompson vs Dwyane Wade:

This is another easy decision. Thompson is one of the rising stars in the NBA, currently enjoying himself at the USA camp in Las Vegas. He’s a terrific shooter, and finished third in the NBA in that category, despite having to share the wing with his teammate Curry.

He can penetrate to the basket when he needs to, and he’s a phenomenal perimeter defender. Based on every indication, this guy’s is going to be a star.

He’s not quite there yet, however.

Wade, on the other hand, has been an All-Star for almost his whole career. He lead the Heat to a title in 2006, and has been the sidekick in 2012 and 2013. He’s unstoppable. He may be on the decline this next year, but he’s still going to be more of a force than Thompson.
Winner: Dwyane Wade

3. Andre Iguodala vs LeBron James:

To be honest here, it’s going to be hard to win matchups against the two-time defending NBA champions.

LeBron is obviously the biggest reason behind the Heat’s continual success. Sure, he’s going to be a free agent in 2014, but he’s the best player in the universe right now, and he doesn’t seem to be on the decline at all. His best years could still be ahead of him, for all we know. He’s a great rebounder, scorer, facilitator, and defender.

Iguodala can do everything that LeBron can do, but just not as well. He’s a good rebounder, scorer, facilitator, and defender. He was an All-Star once, but doesn’t play like one every season. However, he is the ideal guy that every team wants.

He’s the sidekick in most cases, and the second best player on the team overall. In other words, Iggy isn’t a face-of-the-franchise type player.
Winner: LeBron James

4. David Lee vs Shane Battier:

In this matchup, Battier isn’t truly a power forward, but he still guards David Lee. Battier is one of the better defenders in the league, and can hit the 3-ball from the corner without any worries. He is a solid contributor, but come on, there’s no way he can beat out an All-Star like Lee.

Lee is a great rebounder, has a good stroke, and is mentally tough. He doesn’t back down from a difficult matchup. When he’s not shooting the ball well, he still gives you something with rebounding and assisting.
Winner: David Lee

5. Andrew Bogut vs Chris Bosh:

This is another interesting matchup because Chris Bosh is truly a power forward. Unfortunately for him, Andrew Bogut is a big Aussie who is tough, a good rebounder, a good defender, and has passing skills.

The thing about Bogut, however, is his inconsistency, and he doesn’t take enough risks. With the idea that he’s injury prone in mind, one could hardly blame him.

Still, Bosh shoots too many 3-pointers and if he catches Bogut on one of his good days, then he’s going to be in for a frustrating and long night.
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Topics: Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

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  • Allen Karmelin

    You can do all the individual comparisons you want, but you keep forgetting about team chemistry. That’s the main reason the Heat are going for a three peat, not four!!

    • Tej Kamaraju

      Yeah, I never really denied that. Stick with me here, though. If the Warriors develop team chemistry, and Mark Jackson, being the amazing coach that he is, finds a way to stop LeBron, then the Warriors can beat the Heat. Same goes for any team with a deep roster. If the Heat make the Finals in 2014, and 2015, you have my permission to gloat.

  • SportsFan123

    Is Udonis Haslem a FA?

    And i dont think Wade is a slam dunk over Thompson. Personally, i would rather have Thompson. Wade is on the decline with numerous injuries, and Thompson is going to have more opportunities with Iguodala creating room.

    To be honest, my starting 5 would be Steph, Klay, Lebron, Lee, Bogut.
    The difference between the two teams is that one has lebron, and the other…doesnt

    • Tej Kamaraju

      I don’think Haslem is a FA. He would start over Battier, your right. The matchup would still be in favor of Lee. As for the Wade/Thompson debacle, I think that they’re going to have similar stats this year, but Wade will be getting more steals. He has a more clutch game and has more experience. In time, however, Thompson will pass him.

      • Federico Rocha

        The wildcard with Wade is always his health going into the post season but then the same case can be made about Bogut.

        I’ll preempt comments about Curry’s ankles by reminding people the guy only missed 4 games all season. Granted he looked a little gimpy the last couple of games but those were flukish injuries and I think another off season of rehab/strength training will help in that dept.

        • Tej Kamaraju

          True, of course Wade is a superstar. Thompson is a young budding talent and a terrific defender. You never know until you see the game, who dominates the matchup.

  • Alec Safreno

    Honestly, if there was a Heat Warriors finals, I’d be very afraid if I was the Heat. They’re the same team, just opposite sides of the same coin. The Heat are better at getting into the lane converting baskets at or near the restricted area. The Warriors, though the acquisition of Iguodala will really help in this regard, are a primarily shooting team, and the best 3 point shooting team in the NBA at that.

    Drive and kick will be the game plan for the two teams, but if you had to place your bets on whose going to make more 3 pointers, the Warriors or the Heat, Warriors win that game every time.

    • Tej Kamaraju

      Considering the certain “magic” that the Warriors play with, I tend to agree with you 100%. They are that type of team with heart that can upset, as we saw in the playoffs, and earlier in the year in Miami, courtesy of Draymond Green.

    • Federico Rocha

      Hopefully don’t sound too much like a homer but I’ll pile on.

      Inside Presence: If we have a healthy Bogut and to an extent Oneil going into a series against the Heat I’ll take our chances. The Heat have shown over and over again their achilles is a physical inside game.

      Scoring balance: Adding Iguodola and projecting what Barnes can be I think we have enough slashers to get to the hoop/FT line if we need to so we won’t always have to rely on a stellar shooting game from Curry/Thompson. But of course if those guys go ‘video game’ on the Heat, just sit back and enjoy!

      Defense: We obviously tremendously upgraded our defense with the players we picked up.

      The Heat are the champs so nobody’s looking down their nose at them but I do think we have a better matchup this year than last if it were to come to that.

  • 9erNation2012

    Actually Bosh is just as inconsistent, the one player who virtually disappeared when needed was Bosh. A big goose egg in game 7, one of the most crucial games in the finals and Bosh took a vacation vs a 37 yr old Duncan. Bosh is a small forward in a power forward’s body, well he thinks he is, rather an over paid J Smoove (Josh Smith) without the defense.

    • Tej Kamaraju

      Tim Duncan is Tim Duncan. To be honest, even if Duncan was 45 years old, I would take him over Bosh. (Obviously, I’m going to the extremes). Bosh against Bogut is an interesting matchup of course. For offense, I’d take Bosh. For defense, Bogut any day. Defense wins championships.