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NBA Offseason Buzz: Warriors

Healthy Ellis looks to get back on track, but an explosive forward might not get to shine

Updated: August 26, 2009, 5:07 PM ET
By John Hollinger & Ric Bucher | ESPN Insider

Want to know who's heating up for a big season on the hardwood? Insider is tapping into John Hollinger's projected player efficiency ratings to see who's trending up and down across the NBA. Ric Bucher rounds out the report by examining a pivotal player you'll want to watch as the season approaches. The series continues with the Golden State Warriors.

Without the drama of last season, the Warriors would be an enticing dark horse choice to make the playoffs. Offensive talent galore plus Don Nelson equals 45 to 50 wins, easy. But it's hard to imagine Monta Ellis or Anthony Randolph forgetting their disputes with Nelson and/or team president Robert Rowell. Or the rest of the roster dismissing how Al Harrington and Jamal Crawford were handled once they fell out of favor. The Warriors no doubt will be entertaining, but most likely in an oh-no-not-again kind of way.

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