Golden State Warriors Roundtable: 5 Questions on the 2014-15 Season

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4. Name one bold prediction for the Warriors as a team or for one of the players this year.

Feb 22, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) and small forward Andre Iguodala (9) after scoring a three point basket against the Brooklyn Nets during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Brooklyn Nets 93-86. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Banifatemi: My bold prediction is that the Warriors will win the Western Conference and advance to the NBA Finals this season. With Kerr’s new system in place, more depth on the bench, a healthy roster, and an improving superstar in Curry, the Warriors have all the pieces in place to make a deep run.

Marc Grandi: The Golden State Warriors will win the Pacific Division for the first time in almost 40 years, bypassing the Los Angeles Clippers. Of course, Stephen Curry will be the main reason for the Warriors’ success, but Andrew Bogut will also play a large role. He will flourish in Kerr’s system—on both sides of the court—and his numbers will rival his career-bests. He will average 15 points and 11 rebounds while also earning many Defensive Player of the Year votes.

Nick Hjeltness: The Warriors will have both the winner and the runner-up for 6th Man of the Year this season. My money is on Draymond Green to win it and Harrison Barnes to be the runner-up.

Brendan Kennealy: The Golden State Warriors will be Pacific Division champions and advance to the Western Conference Finals. Finally, the Warriors have a deeper bench than the Clippers, and Golden State’s young players have developed well over the past three seasons. Their postseason experience during the past two seasons will pay dividends this year, as they will be able to overcome adversity to make a deep postseason push.

Angelo Mendoza: I don’t like making bold predictions and putting them on record, but were I to put one out there, I’d predict the Warriors to finish at the very top of the Pacific Division. It’s been a while since the Warriors have had a banner to fly around a stadium (other than the Summer League banner last season), but this year, I predict the Warriors could steal the division title away from the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors’ bench is seemingly much improved, so health is the biggest factor here: as long as the Warriors bigs remain healthy, the Warriors should have a solid chance against anyone in the league. That is, however, a huge if.