Sep 19, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT
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.
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.
“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.
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