NBA Sittings... err... Standings: Warriors Edition

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NBA Sittings... err... Standings: Warriors Edition

And now, a modest proposal, made for the good of all mankind.Well, for the good of all Warrior fans, who frankly could use all the ease of handling they can get after 35 years of this.Youve seen the same standings year after year you have to wade through a veritable phone book pages worth of cities and nicknames before you get to yours, that mythical world called Golden State which has been devalued over time to be more of a Zinc Hamlet.And you get depressed. And then you get angry. And then you boo rich people whose only crime is jumping in front of the parade and promising better days ahead.Well, given the new season, and given the draft imperatives in finishing not as high as possible, but as low as possible, we offer todays NBA Standings, Warriors Style.TEAM WINS LOSSES PERCENTAGE GAMES BACK CHARLOTTE 7 43 0.140
WASHINGTON 12 40 0.231 4 NEW ORLEANS 13 40 0.245 4.5 TORONTO 18 35 0.340 9.5 CLEVELAND 17 33 0.340 10 SACRAMENTO 18 34 0.346 10 NEW JERSEY 19 35 0.352 10 DETROIT 19 33 0.365 11 GOLDEN STATE 20 31 0.392 12.5This tells us two things. One, if this was its own conference and this was a playoff race, the Warriors would still be out. And two, you now have to be very interested in Sacramento Kings games.You also have to start paying a lot more attention to New Jersey and Cleveland games, and this will be difficult for Warrior fans who havent had to pay attention to other teams games for years now.But to retain the pick that gets the improved ping pong balls for the draft that may or may not produce the Warrior around which the future can be built, they are still 2 games short of where they need to be, face-first wise.Thus, we will try to provide frequent updates on what shouldnt be call the standings, but the sittings. The Warriors may not be much to look at, and they have sold hope so much that hope looks and smells a lot more like delusional despair, but its all in how you look at it.Besides, with this handy tool, you dont have to read the paper in the morning while standing on your head. I mean, unless youre in Cirque du Soleil, that is far more labor intensive than you, the customer, should have to endure.And remember, the Warriors arent tanking. Theyre just backing up artfully.Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com

Steph Curry, Kevin Durant named starters in 2017 All-Star Game

Steph Curry, Kevin Durant named starters in 2017 All-Star Game

Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been voted to start the NBA All-Star Game for the fourth consecutive season, and this time there was a measure of suspense.

Curry will join Rockets guard James Harden in the backcourt for the Western Conference squad, as voters snubbed MVP candidate and triple-double specialist Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City.

Joining Curry and Harden in the starting lineup for the West will be Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis.

A combination of fan balloting (50 percent), player balloting (25 percent) and media balloting (25 percent) comprises the overall vote.

Curry’s selection is sure to generate considerable debate, as Westbrook leads the league in scoring (30.6 points per game), is second in assists and 11th (10.4) in rebounding (10.6). Westbrook also leads the league in PER at 29.56.

Moreover, he is bidding to become the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 to average a triple-double over the course of a full season.

Coming off back-to-back MVP seasons, Curry ranks 12th in scoring (24.6 points per game), 15th in assists (6.1), second in 3-pointers made (158) and eighth in steals (1.81). His 92.6-percent shooting from the line ranks second in the NBA.

He is the first Warrior since Wilt Chamberlain to start four straight All-Star games.

Durant, in his first season with the Warriors, leads the team in scoring (26.2) and blocks (1.71) and double-doubles (16). He’s second in rebounding (8.6) and third in assists (4.7). His 54.4-percent shooting from the field is 10th in the league and tops among perimeter players.

Durant will be making his eighth appearance, and his fifth as a starter.

The Eastern Conference starters are as follows: guards Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers and DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors, with frontcourt players LeBron James of the Cavs, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks and Jimmy Butler of the Bulls.

All-Star reserves, which are chosen by NBA coaches, will be announced on Jan. 26.

Durant's future with the Warriors: 'I’m just in it for the long haul'

Durant's future with the Warriors: 'I’m just in it for the long haul'

With the salary cap rising , Kevin Durant is expected to opt out of the second-year of his two-year contract with Golden State and become a free agent again this summer.

But don't plan on him signing with another team.

“I’m liking it here,” Durant told Sam Amick of USA Today Sports at the Warriors' groundbreaking ceremony. “I’m liking everything that’s going on. I know what my contract says, but I didn’t plan on coming here for just a year. I’m in it right now, and I’m also just focusing on day by day.

“I know it’s cliché, and you hear that all the time, but I’m seriously just not thinking about it because I’m like – I’m just in it for the long haul.”

[RELATED: Durant on Chase Center: 'It'll be fun playing in there']

Warriors owner and CEO Joe Lacob is not concerned about losing Durant.

He also fully anticipates re-signing free-agent-to-be Stephen Curry.

“I have no angst whatsoever," Lacob told Amick. "I totally am positive (that) I think those guys are going to sign. They’re both free agents. They have a right to do whatever they want. They’ve earned it, and I respect that.

"If they don’t sign with us for some reason, then shame on me and us. I take responsibility for that. But I don’t see that happening.”