Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 8:30 am  |  33 responses

Andre Iguodala Predicts At Least 50 Wins For Warriors

Last season, Andre Iguodala’s Nuggets won 57 games while the Warriors won 47. Iguodala has jumped teams though, and has lofty expectations for his new club. Per TheBigStory: “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.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s realistic. there more games they get out of bogut, the better this prediction will look.

  • Dfrance

    “I would say more than that(50 wins), But I won’t say too much about wins.”- AI9

    I don’t see why not, they got 47 last year and are adding one of the best wing players in the game without losing their core players. Jarrett Jack is gone tho right? They will miss him.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    I believe it. Warriors were an excellent team last year, now they have some experience and more fire power.

  • RKJ92

    They will miss Carl Landry too, but 50 wins is pretty spot on maybe a little more. I could see about 52 wins, as Igoudala, and the emergence of Harrison Barnes should give them about 5 more wins then they got last season.

  • Max

    To all the players out there: you can make a realistic prediction!

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    50 wins this up coming season will be ‘harder’ to get than last season 57 wins the Nuggets got. What I mean by that comment is that there will be 2-3 teams that will play as well as they did last season: CLIPPERS, SPURS, OKC, another 3-4 teams that will be more competitive and look to improve in the W column: HOU, GOLDENST, MEMPHIS, PORTLAND, add to that there are a couple of teams that on paper are sure to be in most games they play, LAL, DALMAV, DENVER…. add to THAT, that you don’t know who PHX, UTAH and SAC could upset on any given night and it’s going to look like a real mess for that top 8 for a long time…. once some of these teams drop off through the months we’ll notice who is better this year than last but really…. who knows whats going to happen??? We could get a scenario of whereby 6 of the 8 teams get to the 50 win mark, 2 more playoff bound teams are only 1-3 games behind that and 2-3 teams with excellent winning records don’t make the cut (PHX with Shaq that year…).

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    1: OKC
    3: MEMPHIS
    4: HOUSTON
    5: SPURS
    7: LAKERS*
    8: DENVER*
    9: UTAH*
    10: PORTLAND*
    These 4 teams will be in the hunt for those spots right down to the wire!
    Your turn!!!! :-)

  • jjjjjuyfg

    heat 75-7

    pacers 57
    bulls 60
    rockets 52

  • Lucentum

    i think that Minnesota and Dallas haver more chances to get the 7-8 seed than any of the teams you listed.
    Although it will be very close nonetheless.

  • Caboose

    Good joke.

  • Caboose

    1. Rockets
    2. Thunder
    3. Clippers
    4. Warriors
    5. Spurs
    6. Grizzlies
    7. Timberwolves
    8. Trailblazers
    9. Nuggets
    10. Pelicans
    11. Lakers
    12. Kings
    13. Mavericks
    14. Jazz
    15. Suns

    The only for sure on that list is Suns at #15

  • Caboose

    And Curry and Klay showing some serious confidence building in the Playoffs

  • Saleem Rainman

    drop utah and portland for dallas and minny .

  • Saleem Rainman

    whoa. Rockets first? Spurs 5th? Lakers 11? idk where to start :P

  • Caboose

    The Magic never had less than 52 wins when Dwight was the focal point of their team. The Rockets are structured just like that Orlando team was with James Harden stuck on top.
    The Spurs are going to go into save energy mode this next season. This could very likely be Duncan’s last season and if Pop plays him 28 minutes a night so that he can play 40 in the Playoffs, he will. And Manu’s decline is obvious at this point.
    Yes, the Lakers struggled mightily last year even with Kobe having a retro year. But Kobe will be even slower on defense this year. Couple that with the loss of two excellent defenders in Dwight and Metta, and the Lakers will be starting the worst defensive lineup in recent memory. Nash, Kobe, Young, Pau, Kaman. There are literally ZERO defenders on the entire Lakers roster. While they are skilled offensively, they aren’t the 2007 Phoenix Suns. 11th seed to me seems likely.

  • RKJ92

    Curry was disgusting in the playoffs.. I had not witnessed shooting like that in a longggg time… reminded me of how easy Larry made it look. I mean curry did a one footed runner from the 3 and didn’t even hesitate that’s just crazy.


  • grgeblck

    ‘I just have really high expectations for us. I won’t say too much about wins. I’d rather fly under the radar.’ LOL. Funny when he said it all and end with this sentence.

  • RKJ92

    1. Thunder
    2. Clippers
    3. Spurs
    4. Rockets
    5. Warriors
    6. Grizzlies
    7. Timberwolves
    8. Pelicans
    9. Jazz
    10. Trailblazers
    11. Nuggets
    12. Lakers
    13. Mavericks
    14. Kings
    15. Suns

    I have that as my list.

  • Caboose

    Not sure why the Jazz are so high. They sucked last year and just lost their two best players. Trey Burke is not a savior.

  • RKJ92

    LOL at the Heat being 75-7 you’re a funny guy.. they will most likely finish with the exact same record as last year.

  • RKJ92

    It’s not that Trey Burke is a savior at all, it’s that their entire team will be centered around 2 skilled big men in Enes Kanter, and Derrick Favours.

    When your team is operated through the post, and you have decent wings in Gordon Hayward, Alec Burkes, and Trey Burke you’re gonna do decent. This team isn’t gonna rock other teams, but they’re gonna be better then a lot of other teams as well.
    Look for Utah to finish with a .500% record.

  • Caboose

    My problem is that Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap are both more skilled than Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. I like both Favors and Kanter, but they have never proven themselves to be superior to the older guys. It’s like, they’re not going to be changing their game plan, they’ll just be doing it with worse personnel. I can’t see them magically improving on last year.

  • RKJ92

    I see you’re logic in that, but you’re underestimating Enes Kanter’s skill as a center because he is for real, I am picking him up in fantasy 100% he will be a 14ppg-10rpg guy. Favors isn’t offensively as good as Paul Milsap, but he is the teams defensive anchor, and has a few go-to moves so I don’t see these 2 hurting the team.
    The biggest question is the emergence of Trey Burke, and Alec Burkes, as Gordon has already proven he can be a solid role player on the team.
    I don’t see the Jazz improving like you said, but I don’t see them getting THAT much dramatically worse either. Of the teams listed below Utah on my list Portland is really the only one with a chance against being better then them, as the Lakers are pretty much Gasol, Kobe and Random’s, plus Kobe coming off of that horrible injury.

  • Caboose

    That’s fair, but then why are the Kings so low? They have MORE talent than the Jazz and for once, it might actually fit together…

  • RKJ92

    They are the Kings man.. lol Their 3 best players are a Center that’s a bonehead, and cannot shoot over 50%, a pg who can pass the ball but needs 14 shots for 14 points and cannot play a lick of defense because he is limited athletically, and well.. there really isn’t a 3rd best player yet.. lol the rest are just a bunch of solid role players, I mean I would say Ben McLemore but he hasn’t even played a game yet so.. That’s why. Oh! and did I mention they’re the Kings?

  • Caboose

    Let’s be honest here:
    DMC + Landry > Kanter + Favors
    Vasquez + Thomas > Burke + Mo
    Thornton + Salmons = Hayward + Other Burke
    Thompson + McLemore > Jefferson + Marvin

    Honestly, the Kings look better at every position outside of SF really…

    “The rest are just a bunch of solid role players.” THAT IS THE ENTIRE UTAH JAZZ LINEUP. Yes, Kanter could pan out similar to Vucevic, but he’s not gonna be carrying a team.

  • RKJ92

    That’s the thing though, the Kings have looked good on paper for 3 years now (to be a solid team), so did the Lakers last year, and so did the Lakers with Karl Malone, but we all know that it can be very deceiving. I’m going soley based on the advanced statistics of what each player is bringing the team, the chemistry on the court, the coaching (their both bad coaches lol), and the organization as a whole.
    I don’t think their records will be too far from each other (kinda makes this discussion pointless lol) to be honest but the Jazz are an organization that have made the playoffs almost every single year, and have a great feel for the growth of their teams.
    I cannot say the same for the Kings for over a decade now lol; I would honestly have to see it with my eyes to believe it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Utah is tanking…..

  • RKJ92

    Maybe so, but I still think they’re better then the Kings until Demarcus Cousins smartens up with his attitude, and shoots more effectively from the field, THAT or Ben breaks out from the get-go.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Yeah Minny I think your both right infact they are def in that group…or better really??

  • Saleem Rainman

    The West is incredibly tough this year, i highly highly doubt they take top seed in their first year together. 52 wins may not even get em home court.

    Yeah, Manu’s decline is obvious, but ur overlooking Kawhi Leanords ability to fill that void, do u remember this dude during the finals? unreal.

    The Lakers finished the season playing very good basketball before the injury hit, even with the loss of dwight(Metta wasnt exactly an “excellent” defender last year, if u watched the games.), they shud still definitely be in the hunt for that 8th seed . They wont be pretty defensively, but the real question is can Rambis somehow figure a system out that minimizes the negatives and can bring a system forward that makes the Lakers defend at least decently as a team, and as a result better than the sum of their parts.

  • http://basketball-performance.com/ Basketball Tips

    optimistic fella, well if the Warriors cab utilize Iggy and Bogut, this won’t be really hard for them, right?


  • Bretticus

    I have been a Jazz fan all my life. I am excited for their potential. I haven’t bought in to all the hype about them tanking. It’s just against the organization’s nature to tank. We like winning (who doesn’t!?) We had 5 lottery picks on the floor at the same time Tuesday night. I think we’d rather have those guys win now if they’ve got the potential we’re gambling on. Yes, Jabari Parker would be a nice pick, but I really doubt that’s going to happen.

    For whatever reason, the Utah Jazz organization is good at taking average players and making them good. I agree that a good organization can create wins.