This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS PREVIEW 2011
STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
Under new ownership in 2010, the Warriors changed their head coach just prior to training camp, but there was little time to make organization-wide changes. The first and only move was to remove Don Nelson as head coach and promote lead assistant Keith Smart, who changed the on-court culture and led the team to a 10-win improvement. There was even talk at the All-Star break about sneaking into the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference, but Golden State lost 13 of 17 out of the break and those fantasies were quickly dashed. There were just too many holes on the team to be a serious playoff threat. They got little production at the center position from Andris Biedrins, and Smart was desperate enough to audition first-round pick Ekpe Udoh in the pivot for a while. Though the Warriors improved defensively, they didn't defend consistently enough and finished 28th in points-per-game allowed despit
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