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Mark Jackson Will Help Bring Warriors Back To The Postseason

Mark Jackson is the Golden State Warriors' new coachWith only one playoff appearance since 1994, the Golden State Warriors were desperate for an answer to their ongoing streak of futility. Even with quality players that could win a couple of key online sports betting contests throughout the season as major underdogs, the high-flying team from the California coast couldn’t seem to put it together and make a quality run with any consistency.

The Warriors are hoping that they have found the right guy to change that losing culture in Mark Jackson, who the team has hired to his first job as head coach. Jackson played in the association for 17 years as a point guard and performed in the playoffs in 14 of those, and that experience will provide every opportunity to lend him success in his new position.

The Warriors finished the 2010-11 sports betting bonus season with a 36-46 record, including an incredible 26-15 home mark. That home record was better than any other team that didn’t make the playoffs in either conference, and if they can just find a way to perform to the same level on the road they could have been contending in the Western conference playoffs in the spot that the Memphis Grizzlies surprised many from.

Part of those struggled on the road had to do with the fact that they were such a young team that truly lacked maturity, while the other piece was the talent level that they played with throughout their roster. Jackson is expected to help make additions to a team that is short on big men as he weighs in on the free agent market and gives his input on trades as well. Ownership clearly feels as though the team has the core of good young talent to build around, and they will benefit immensely from the pay per head addition of Jackson’s leadership as he relates to two key young guards in particular.

Although undersized by NBA standards, Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry are two young developing superstars that can make a huge impact going forward. Ellis averaged just over 24 points per game during the regular season with 5.6 assists, while Curry weighed in with 18.6 points and 5.8 assists. That tandem will have a difficult time defending some of the other bigger guards around the association, but they do have the quickness and offensive firepower to score.

With the 2011 Belmont Stakes betting race just around the corner, the Warriors have room to build around Ellis and Curry, and the addition of David Lee this season will go a long way in to further developing this team. The biggest focus will be adding a power forward and center to the roster, players that can do the dirty work while Ellis and Curry light it up. Golden State has the 11th overall pick in this year’s draft, and they would be wise to add some size to the lineup. Jackson is the fresh start that this team needs, now it is about building a championship contender.

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