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Some telling statistics about the Warriors

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Some telling statistics about the Warriors

OAKLAND -- The Warriors have played seven games now, andwhile thats not a huge sample size, it is enough to start taking in statistics.Here are some Warriors players and what jumps out about some of the numbers.Andris Biedrins: He certainly has not hada bounce-back year, but by the same token hes been more productive than in thepast two seasons. Biedrins is averaging fewer than 14 minutes per game,somewhat puzzling considering he leads the team in rebounds (17.448 minutes)and blocks (5.248 minutes) per minute.
David Lee: One of the things that hits you regarding Lees numbers is his assist-to-turnover ratio. So far thisseason, Lee has just five assists and 19 turnovers (which leads the team).Those stats are a tad skewed because of Lees seven-turnover game against theLakers, but still. Last year Lee had 233 assists and 170 turnovers for theseason.Dorell Wright: Its no secret Wright isshooting the ball terribly this season: 32.7 percent from the field; 19.2percent from 3-point range. On the positive side, hes taking care of the ballin a huge way. Wright has only two turnovers and 16 assists in 213 minutes.Thats pretty impressive.Monta Ellis: Hes shooting only 42.7percent from the floor, but thats not bad considering how much hes been askedto carry the offensive load this season. Give Ellis credit for this: Hesaveraging 8.5 assists and only three turnovers per game.Stephen Curry: Currys numbers are downacross the board, and most notable is minutes played: Hes averaging just 31minutes per night. Hes also the Warriors leader in turnovers per minute,averaging 5.6 over 48 minutes.Total fouls: Blame the officials if youmust, but the Warriors are fouling way too much and its costing them at thefree throw line. So far this season the Warriors have committed 162 fouls andtheir opponents 128. The Warriors have shot 41 fewer free throws than theiropponents so far this season.Foul shooting: And when the Warriors doget to the line, theyre not converting. As a team theyre shooting only 65percent from there. Center Kwame Brown (11-for-29) has a lot to do with that,but David Lee is struggling some at 67.7 percent. And Lee and Brown areamong the top three on the team in free throw attempts.

Steve Kerr: 'The most impressive thing with our guys...'

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Steve Kerr: 'The most impressive thing with our guys...'

It's been a pretty good run for the Warriors over the last three seasons:

- 2014-15 = 67-15, NBA champions
- 2015-16 = 73-9, NBA runner-up
- 2016-17 = 67-15, NBA champions

And Steve Kerr is on record saying that his team will be even better in 2017-18.

The Warriors' head coach recently sat down with Scott Ostler of The San Francisco Chronicle and explained why he isn't concerned about the upcoming campaign.

“Ultimately, we’re in a great spot. Our guys are happy, they’re doing their thing. There’s no need for much drama. The most impressive thing with our guys is, people talk about Pat Riley’s book and what he calls ‘the disease of me,’ where you win a championship and all of a sudden, everyone wants a bigger role, more money, whatever.

“I think that is sort of human nature, to want more. But our guys I think, have a genuine awareness that they’re getting all that through winning. More is coming their way individually as a result of the team’s success.

"It takes a really mature perspective to feel that way.”

Nothing exemplifies Kerr's thoughts more than Kevin Durant's financial sacrifice.

[REWIND: Myers: 'Unequivocally' there is no Iguodala or Livingston without Durant]

He could have earned about $34.7 million yet agreed to a $25 million salary for next season to help the Warriors retain Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

Golden State replaced Ian Clark, James Michael McAdoo and Matt Barnes with Nick Young, Omri Casspi and Jordan Bell.

Otherwise, everybody else is back.

"We have a lot of momentum, and our guys have a comfort level, and obviously, we’re loaded with talent," Kerr told The Chronicle. "It’s fun to think about the season, think about where we can get better, players we can add. That’s what I spend a lot of my time down here doing, just thinking about what’s next for us.

“But I don’t worry at all about us being successful; I don’t worry about anybody’s ego getting in the way.”

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

Does Harrison Barnes miss the Bay Area? 'I like living in Dallas, but...'

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Does Harrison Barnes miss the Bay Area? 'I like living in Dallas, but...'

After four years in Oakland, Harrison Barnes was forced to leave town when the Warriors signed Kevin Durant last summer.

Barnes just finished the first year of a four-year, $94 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

So, does the former first-round pick miss his old home?

"I like living in Dallas but will always have love for Oakland!!" Barnes said in response to a question on Twitter on Sunday.

Barnes also picked his favorite restaurants in Oakland and San Francisco.

"Belly in Oakland or Amber in SF," Barnes wrote.