19. Golden State Warriors | Future Power Rating: 553
PLAYERS MANAGEMENT MONEY MARKET DRAFT
295 (16th) 75 (19th) 80 (18th) 57 (11th) 46 (16th)
After being stuck in the high 20s for the past several editions, the Warriors finally seem to be turning the corner to respectability thanks to a revamped ownership and management group.
Joe Lacob is as engaged as any owner in the league, Jerry West is making his influence felt in the front office and new GM Bob Myers seems to have the requisite balance between basketball IQ and management IQ to lead the Warriors into the future.
On the court, Golden State continues to get more talented thanks to the addition of a legit center in Andrew Bogut at last year's trade deadline and drafting well the past few years. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson appear to have bright futures ahead of them, and there's a chance that this year's lottery pick, Harrison Barnes, might be a third straight coup.
With Bogut commanding double teams in the post and Curry, Thompson and Barnes on the outside, the Warriors should have one of the better inside-outside attacks in the NBA next season. If Thompson and Barnes improve and Bogut and Curry show us they're healthy, they have the room to move up considerably in the players category.
Financially, the Warriors have some flexibility starting in the summer of 2014 and significant flexibility in 2015. They'll likely send their draft pick to the Jazz next year, but given the weakness of that draft, perhaps that's not such a huge blow.
(Previous rank: 20)