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Andre Iguodala targeting more than 50 wins with Warriors this season

Sep 19, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

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Andre Iguodala came to the Warriors as a free agent this summer, after Golden State upset his Nuggets in the first round of last season’s playoffs.

The Warriors had a season of resurgence, getting to the second round of the postseason in what was only the team’s second trip to the playoffs in the last 18 years. Still, given the talent in place on the roster, expectations will now be to improve upon last season’s performance.

Although the Warriors ended up comfortably in the playoff picture by earning the six seed in the West, the fact that the Conference is loaded with talented teams makes it anything but a certainty they’ll return to postseason prominence. But Iguodala, not surprisingly, believes that his new team is destined for greatness.

From Antonio Gonzalez of the Associated Press:

Stephen Curry indicated the Golden State Warriors are aiming for 50 wins this season when he said earlier this month that there’s a number that “has a five in front of it” written on a whiteboard inside the team’s practice facility as a goal.

Apparently, that’s not enough for Andre Iguodala.

Not after he helped the Denver Nuggets win a franchise-record 57 games last season. And not after he turned down more lucrative offers to sign a $48 million, four-year deal with the Warriors this summer.

Fifty wins?

“I would say more than that,” Iguodala said Wednesday at the team’s downtown Oakland headquarters, where most players have been voluntarily working out for about three weeks before training camp starts Sept. 29. “I just have really high expectations for us. I won’t say too much about wins. I’d rather fly under the radar.”

It’s too late for that, of course, with the way Curry shot the lights out, the way Klay Thompson did the same, and the way Harrison Barnes was able to explosively attack the rim throughout the course of the season.

The goal of 50 wins, however, is a modest one in Oakland, all things considered.

The Warriors won 47 games a season ago, and it would have taken a leap to 56 wins just to tie the Clippers and Grizzlies for the fourth and fifth places in the Western Conference standings. The goal of 50 seems like an arbitrary one, and the actual goal might be even higher, considering Curry’s vague intimation and Iguodala’s comments.

  1. ethanm24 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Dwight is a coward thats afraid of the pressure. If he TRULY wanted to win he would’ve forced a trade to the thunder in 2011. You dont think the thunder would’ve traded harden and ibaka for dwight? and now its the same theme again. The warriors gave dwight the best chance to win next season. They would’ve traded bogut and barnes or thmpson to the Lakers.
    You tell me which starting 5 you would pick Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Lee, Dwight or Lin, Harden, Parsons, Asik, Dwight?
    Anyone with half a brain cell would’ve chosen the warriors starting 5.
    Dwight is a little b*tch and I feel sorry for the fans of houston who are stuck with this clown for the next 4 years

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      For the record the Warriors didn’t have the money to sign Howard outright as a free agent like Houston did. GS would have had to do a sign and trade and been stripped of a lot of talent to make the deal happen.

  2. benjaminmoney - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Iggy is damn right! 55+ This is are year nimwods, bathe in our glory! argghhh! Go Warriors!

  3. basketballbicker - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    50 wins sounds just about right for the Warriors, especially with their style of play. If they can remain healthy, a deep playoff run may be a possibility.

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    50 wins is a lock if the dubs stay healthy. They have an above average anchor defender in Bogut, two very good long wing defenders, two lights out 3-point shooters, a dependable P&R big man and rebounder in David Lee, a fast and flashy point guard with Curry, and now they have a winning attitude lead-by-example team chemistry guy in Iguodala. I really like this team… if they stay healthy. Bogut’s health is the main concern for their post season chances.

  5. Gamera the Brave - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I agree with your assessment – but I would add Curry’s right ankle to the “main concern” portion of your assessment. If Barnes can continue to progress, and Thompson can learn how to get to the hole – this will be a VERY entertaining team to watch!

    They look good enough on paper to win about 48-52 this year. I see a bit of a regression for the Clips, and the Lakers are a total question mark this year. If the Dubs play hard on D, 50 wins and 5th seed look about right.

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