NBA Rankings: Warriors, Kings on hard times


NBA Rankings: Warriors, Kings on hard times

Both the Warriors (five-game losing streak) and Kings (lost five of last six) have fallen on hard times.

With only 15 games left for the Warriors, is it smarter for the team to lose as many games as possible to give themselves a better chance of keeping their first-round draft pick?

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1 (2)Oklahoma City Thunder
Thunder will be title contenders for years to come2 (1)Chicago BullsDerrick Rose hasn't played since March 123 (3)Miami HeatNo worries yet: blowout loss at Boston just a blip4 (4)San Antonio Spurs
Spurs are exactly where coach Gregg Popovich wants them to be5 (5)L.A. LakersThe issue isn't Kobe or Bynum it's Mike Brown6 (7)L.A ClippersWho will coach the Clippers next season?7 (8)Dallas MavericksLamar Odom averaging career-low 6.9 ppg.8 (12)Memphis GrizzliesSlow start for Gilbert Arenas9 (14)Boston CelticsCeltics surging as playoffs near10 (6)Orlando MagicMagic are .500 team the past three weeks11 (9)Indiana PacersRoy Hibbert will get some Most Improved Player consideration12 (10)Atlanta HawksJeff Teague: a backup in starter's role13 (16)Denver NuggetsJaVale McGee about the same as he's always been14 (15)Houston RocketsRockets trying to hold off Suns, Jazz15 (11)Philadelphia 76ersPhilly just 9-14 in their past 23 games16 (170Phoenix SunsSeven of Suns' next eight games are on road17 (13)Utah JazzWrong time for Jazz to hit bump in the road18 (19)Minnesota TimberwolvesIt's now been four years of being no factor for Anthony Randolph19 (18)New York Knicks
Knicks will have to get it done without Lin, Stoudemire20 (20)Milwaukee BucksBucks need to get a move on if they want to make playoffs21 (21)Portland Trail BlazersJ.J. Hickson has new life in Portland22 (26)Detroit Pistons
Is Joe Dumars on hotseat?23 (27)New Jersey Nets
Will Deron Williams stay or won't he?24 (22)WarriorsFrom playoff promises to a race for the bottom25 (24)Cleveland Cavaliers
Another team with little to no incentive to win26 (25)Toronto RaptorsIf Raptors get a top-three pick, will it matter?27 (23)Sacramento KingsIt's Kings' fourth straight year of being bad28 (28)New Orleans Hornets
Kaman, Gordon, Ariza, Okafor all miss recent games29 (29)Washington WizardsCould be wholesale front-office changes coming30 (30)Charlotte BobcatsHow many bona-fide starters are on this roster?

Refocused McGee 'blessed' to earn Warriors' final roster spot

Refocused McGee 'blessed' to earn Warriors' final roster spot

OAKLAND – After eight years as one of the NBA’s most intriguing projects, JaVale McGee was extended an opportunity to join the Warriors, the league’s successful franchise over the past two seasons.

Informed early Friday that he had made the roster, the 7-foot center celebrated by never leaving the bench in the preseason finale Friday night at Oracle Arena.

Though he had recovered well enough from a left knee strain to play, coach Steve Kerr opted to keep McGee off the court against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Which was fine by McGee, who after the game sat in front of his locker with ice bags wrapped from just above his knee to the bottom of his calf.

“I’m just happy, blessed, to have this chance,” he told

McGee earned the 15th and final roster spot by doing what the Warriors had hoped. He ran the floor well, blocked a few shots and sent a few lob passes powering through the bottom of the net.

“He had a good camp and he gives us something that we don’t have with our other centers, with that length and that ability to catch a lob and finish,” Kerr said. “He has the potential to help us. We’ll see how it all goes.”

McGee, 28, will join 34-year-old Anderson Varejao in sharing spot minutes behind starter Zaza Pachulia and top backup David West.

“I'm starting to figure out what the coaches want from me, and I’m starting to execute it,” he said. “Everything is going well.”

Selected by the Washington Wizards in the first round (18th overall) of the 2008 draft, McGee is now on his fifth NBA team.

Noting that he has no control over his playing time but will do his part to influence the coaching staff, McGee said he is here primarily to achieve has one goal:

“Win an NBA championship,” he said. “That’s it.”

Kerr sees shades of Iguodala, Livingston in rookie McCaw

Kerr sees shades of Iguodala, Livingston in rookie McCaw

While Kevin Durant is understandably the talk of the Warriors after shaking up the NBA landscape in his free agency decision, the player garnering the closest amount of hype going in the regular season was bought with the No. 38 pick in this year's draft. 

"The young kid Patrick McCaw, who's a second-round pick from Vegas, he's picked up everything so easy," head coach Steve Kerr said on KNBR's Tolbert & Lund on Friday. "He reminds me a lot of Andre (Iguodala) and Shaun Livingston, and not only with his build, but with his feel for the game." 

The Warriors used $2.4 million to buy the Milwaukee Bucks' second-round pick and make McCaw their new diamond in the rough, just three picks later than Draymond Green in the 2012 draft.

For McCaw, there can't be a much higher compliment from Kerr with himeself being such a big fan of Livingston. 

"Definitely I watch a lot of Shaun Livingston too, a big point guard who can make plays with the ball, can defend, and that's just where I see my game going," McCaw said at his introductory press conference for the Warriors in June.

From summer league through the preseason, McCaw only continues to impress. 

Shining in the Las Vegas Summer League, the versatile McCaw averaged 15.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals over 33.8 minutes per game. Playing in all seven of the Warriors' preseason games, the 20-year-old guard poured in 8.4 points, 2.1 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game while averaging 20.1 minutes.