Are the pieces in place for Mark Jackson to lead his Warriors to the Promised Land?

Steve Ausburne
Steve Ausburne
Elite Columnist

Golden State made a deal to infuse its bench with some young energy by adding Marshon Brooks and Jordan Crawford. The consensus of observers of the team has been that bench depth - specifically at the guard position - is what the team is lacking to go deep in the playoffs. There is no Jarrett Jack on the roster, so the Warriors needed to get Coach Jackson some weapons to work with.

This trade may have accomplished just that. So, is the pressure even more on Jackson to deliver the goods? There was some skepticism around his original hiring, and now with Mike Malone no longer designing plays, Jackson has to justify his extension (I'm talking about the contract, not the pictures on his phone).

Electric starting five - check. Bench support - check. Right coach for the job -?

What are your thoughts on the acquisition and Jackson's ability to mix and match for the playoff journey?

Josh Mahoney
Josh Mahoney
Editor

Crawford was having a career season with the Celtics but that was an entirely different situation because he was needed to carry a lot of the load especially scoring wise. If he can keep up the production while coming of the bench then it was a great acquisition. Now it's up to Jackson to find what players work well together, I think he can do it based on the fact that the team has a ton of talent and it may be hard to screw up.

Mark Bruty
Mark Bruty
Analyst

I really don't think so. I have stated probably in many threads that I don't believe jump shooting teams can win the title. These pieces are nice and give them some depth which they really needed, but will it get them past San Antonio, OKC, Portland etc? I don't think so.

IMO, the Warriors have one of the best starting units in the NBA

Gorev Ahuja
Gorev Ahuja
Senior Columnist

I would have to say yes. I think Andre Iguodala will be the difference maker this year. I know the Warriors are a jump shooting team, but they're also a great passing team and the reason why they are so effective shooting the ball is because of their ball movement and the play making abilities of Curry and Iguodala. I think for them to beat San Antonio and Portland Bogut will have to be effective both offensively and defensively. I think he's the key for the Warriors, if he can stay healthy they can beat the Spurs, OKC and Portland.

Josh Miller
Josh Miller
Senior Columnist

Definitely a good move because we barely gave anything up. Crawford is an athletic, scoring combo guard who had the ball a lot in Boston but will not handle nearly as much with the Warriors. I don't think Brooks will even crack the rotation, which is unfortunate because he showed flashes when he was on the Nets. The thing that worries me is you hear people say Crawford can be volatile at times and a tough guy to get along with. I mean, there is a reason he has been traded this many times in his young career. So, while a good move, I don't think it's quite enough and I think the Warriors should look into what the price would be for Kevin Love.

Aditya Trivedi
Aditya Trivedi
Senior Analyst

It's a great move. Jordan Crawford is a much more versatile version of Jarrett Jack and he can pour in 40 points if needed. He's also shows to be much more efficient.

@Josh Miller the Kevin Love idea is great….but no way he goes to the Warriors. I'd be surprised if he wasn't a Laker sooner rather than later.

Golden State still needs to get a solid big man off the bench. I love Speights-Barnes-Crawford second unit but they need a bruiser. Maybe someone like Mozgov?

Gareth Terrell
Gareth Terrell
Analyst

He's shown to be a better player but the dude doesn't play defense. Jack definitely did play defense which is why he was better.

I think they need to solve that soon. The only guys who defend consistently are Iggy and Thompson. Speights can and Bogut does when he's healthy but trust me it's gonna bite them in the playoffs when Crawford is getting burned by other guards.

Krithic Annamalai
Krithic Annamalai
Elite Columnist

IMO, the Warriors have one of the best starting units in the NBA. Offensively we have gifted players like Steph, Klay and David Lee. And defensively we have smart defenders like iguodala and bogut. We have a top 5 defense when both iguodala and bogut are on the court. It all comes down to developing our bench and it's headed in the right direction. Jordan Crawford, Harrison Barnes and Jermaine O'neal are all difference makers. This team when healthy is a contender in the loaded Western Conference.

Hasad Golden
Hasad Golden
Analyst

Offense is never an issue. This team will always be able to score with the best. I don't think them shooting non stop is sustainable….but it is clearly working.

They do need defense however. Crawford doesn't bring that but he does bring a playmaker off the bench who will do work and score in bunches when need be.

Sara Branch
Sara Branch
Analyst

Mark Jackson IS the piece. Sure NBA coaches might not have a huge influence on in-game action, but he deserves every bit of the credit for turning the Dubs from a fun, run and gun team to a true contender. The defensive effort, intensity and maturity that he has instilled in that team is why they are in such a great spot.