5 Reasons Why the Golden State Warriors Could Struggle in 2013-14

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4. Offensive System Woes

May 14, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) is defended by San Antonio Spurs forward Tiago Splitter (right) during the second half in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the AT

At times this past season, the Warriors became incredibly predictable on offense. Almost 50 percent of all their offensive possessions consisted of transition, spot-up, isolation and pick-and-roll players designed for the ball handler to score.

The transition opportunities could be limited if there defense struggles or if opposing teams don’t turn the ball over as much. Spot-up shots could easily roll out. Isolation plays are incredibly repetitive and easy to defend. The Warriors offense consisted of almost 12 percent isolation and of that 12 percent they scored 38 percent of the time, thee second lowest rate in the NBA. And while at times their pick-and-roll play was effective, Jarrett Jack’s departure would alter the flow.

The Warriors lack a consistent inside presence, and while David Lee is one of the best power forward’s in the game, the Warriors implement post-up plays less than 10 percent of the time.