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With Bogut a Warrior, Curry's role should change

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With Bogut a Warrior, Curry's role should change

Now that Monta Ellis has been traded, there can be littledoubt the Warriors are going with Stephen Curry as their long-term pointguard.For more than two years, many have been saying that Ellisand Curry werent a good fit, and apparently Warriors owner Joe Lacob and theteams front office grudgingly agreed over time.So, its Currys team and Currys the point guard.And the best part is that with the acquisition of AndrewBogut, Curry shouldnt have to do as many point guard things and that willlikely benefit the Warriors.

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Playing the point has never come naturally to Curry, andhes never been the kind of true point guard where decision-making,leadership and running a team come instinctively.Still, the reality is Curry is a better fit at point than heis at shooting guard.Thats where Bogut and David Lee come in. With Bogut andLee making up the frontline, Curry can become a different kind of point guard.There is no reason why coach Mark Jackson cant turn Bogut and Lee into offenseinitiators, which would allow Curry to get more shots.Bogut is one of the best passing centers in the NBA, capableof finding open teammates from the low box or at the high post. Lee is also anabove average passer from the power forward position.That should bode well for Curry because the reality is, when you ask Curry to play like a point guard, youre actually asking him toplay away from his strengths.First and foremost, Curry is a shooter one of the best inall of the NBA, quite frankly. He is terrific at coming off screens and as aspot-up shooter there are few if any better.RELATED: Stephen Curry game logs
On some level, how much sense does it make to have the bestshooter on your team looking to pass to a worse-shooting teammate for ashot?In addition to scoring and rebounding and other things thatmost frontcourts provide, Bogut and Lee also should be facilitators for Curryand to a lesser degree Klay Thompson.While Bogut and Lee might not form the perfect four-fivecombination in terms of athleticism and defense, they have the potential toform the best passing big-man tandem in the league.When you have skilled big men who can pass, it allows you tobe far more creative at the offensive end. And Curry should be the one tobenefit there.During Currys career as a Warrior, there always has been aclamor to get him more shots and rightfully so. But he also has been theteams point guard, which has forced him to think of others first.Curry will still be the teams point guard. But with Bogutand Lee, he should be able to become a little different kind of point guardthan he is now. He should handle the ball less resulting in fewer turnovers and shoot the ball more.And if Curry is shooting the ball more, and passing it less,that should be good for the Warriors.

Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'

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Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'

There are some people out there who are still extremely bitter about Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder for the Warriors.

An eighth grade Spanish teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma issued a handout on the first day of school.

Part of it read:

DON'T BE A ... Kevin Durant
KD left the OKC Thunder last summer after falling to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Following the end of the season, he decided it was in his best interest to join the very same team that had just knocked him out of the playoffs. Don't be like KD. Don't take the easy way out. Things like cheating, plagiarizing, and copying your friends homework may not seem like a big deal now but they are building habits that can significantly hinder you later in life. Additionally, always strive to finish what you've started. Half-finished homework is unfinished homework. Don't try to turn in an assignment if you have not done what is necessary and expected.

DO BE A ... Michael Jordan
MJ! The GOAT! 6 championships, 4 MVPs. Yadda yadda. The greatest thing this man ever did? Saving the Looney Tunes from a lifetime of servitude to an alien race. Did MJ take the easy way out? Did he ever back down from a challenge? NO! Be like Mike. Learning a new language is a challenging thing and parts of this year are going to be...

And then the words get cut off.

Well, Kevin Durant got wind of this and responded on Twitter:

If anything happens to this teacher, we will let you know...

Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award

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Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award

According to NBA players, Andre Iguodala is not the best sixth man in the league.

On Friday morning, Lou Williams was recognized as the "Best off the Bench" player.

At the inaugural NBA Awards Show in late June, Iguodala finished runner-up in the Sixth Man of the Year race to Rockets guard Eric Gordon.

Iguodala received 43 first-place votes, 34 second-place votes and nine third-place votes.

Gordon registered 46 first-place votes, 40 second-place votes and eight third-place votes.

Williams was a very distant third with five third-place votes, 10 second-place votes and 15 third-place votes.

He averaged 18.6 points and 3.2 assists over 58 games with the Lakers last season, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from deep.

In 23 regular season games with the Rockets, Williams averaged 14.9 points and 2.4 assists on 38.6 percent shooting overall and just below 32 percent from 3-point territory.

Against the Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals, Williams struggled to the tune of 7.3 points per game. He shot 35 percent from the floor and below 18 percent from distance.

Iguodala played arguably his best game of the season in Game 5 of the NBA Finals -- 20 points (9 for 14 FG), four rebounds and three assists.

For the series, his +60 mark led the Warriors by a comfortable margin (Draymond Green +30, Kevin Durant +33, Steph Curry +30, Klay Thompson +22).

Iguodala was rewarded with a 3-year, $48 million contract this summer.

I doubt he cares whatsoever about falling short for this award...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller