Golden State Warriors roster 2013: Tweaks for the better

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Mark Jackson's Warriors lost key bench contributors from a year ago, but the expectations are only higher now that they've done more than enough to replace them.

After a wildly successful 2012-13 campaign, the acquisition of Andre Iguodala was the move that said Golden State wasn't resting on its laurels. The Warriors want more, and now they have added depth to get more, despite the departures of key reserves Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry.

Projected starters

Andrew Bogut -- When he played last season, the Australian center was the defensive rock in the middle despite dealing with various injuries, including his problematic left ankle. Bogut is entering a contract year and showed signs of his best self in the 2013 playoffs. He told the Associated Press that he's feeling healthy and is ready to play heavy minutes in 2013-14, which can only bode well for Golden State.

David Lee -- Recovering from a major hip injury might or might not limit Lee off the bat, but nonetheless he's a key part of Golden State's offense. He gives the Warriors the spacing to allow Bogut to run the offense in the paint, is a fine rebounder -- 11.2 boards per game last year -- and an efficient scorer. Maybe he leaves something to be desired defensively, but he has a good enough support system around him to hide those deficiencies. Golden State did reportedly put Lee on the trading block, a sign it may prefer to continue with the small-ball style that proved so successful in the playoffs once Lee went down.

Andre Iguodala -- The Warriors' big offseason pickup not only gives them the lockdown defender they didn't have last year, but a perimeter playmaker who will take some of the pressure off point guard Stephen Curry. Though Iguodala isn't in the mold of a pure scorer, his presence does effectively move either small forward Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson to the bench, where their production will replace the sparkplug that was Jarrett Jack.

Klay Thompson -- It's hard to say whether Thompson or Barnes will be the odd man out, but Thompson fits into a more traditional starting lineup as a true shooting guard. His numbers were hard to argue with last year. Thompson averaged 16.6 points and shot 40 percent from three-point range. With Iguodala in tow, he won't be asked to chase the opposing team's best player around as much, which should only help his offensive output.

Stephen Curry -- One of the most galvanizing point guards in a league full of talented ones, Curry stands out because he can do it all. Curry is a volume shooter, and a deadly one at that. He hit 45 percent of his threes in the regular season last year, and also averaged 6.9 assists. He has more help this year, but if there's a thing to nitpick about the team as a whole, it's that Curry might be the only true point guard on the roster.

Rotation players

Harrison Barnes -- If Barnes is indeed the odd man out, don't expect it to be a problem. The second-year small forward will likely have a bright green light from Mark Jackson to be the aggressive, go-to scorer off the bench. As a rookie, Barnes averaged 9.2 points per game in the regular season, but came on during the postseason to average 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds a night once he shifted to power forward in Lee's absence.

Draymond Green -- The hybrid forward found a place in the rotation last year as a rookie because of his savvy. He's a hustler, but after losing weight this offseason, the second-year pro might be more ready to play a true small forward role, and a larger one at that.

Marreese Speights -- A free-agent pickup who quietly averaged 8.3 points per game last season with the Cavaliers and Grizzlies, Speights will replace Landry as the backup power forward while playing a very similar role as Lee.

Toney Douglas -- Douglas will fit into the backup point guard minutes vacated by Jack, and he could also fit the bill as a similar trigger-happy shooter. For the first time since leaving the Knicks, Douglas will likely have a lot of minutes at his disposal.

Festus Ezeli -- The young big man was forced into heavy minutes last season because of Bogut's injury and a lack of depth at center, but unless he improves, he'll be fighting for time this season. That's hard to ask for since he is still recovering from offseason knee surgery and could be out until mid-December at the earliest.

Jermaine O'Neal -- The former All-Star averaged 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game last season in Phoenix and was effective when he wasn't injured. He could play considerable minutes and earn a key role as a backup center, since Ezeli won't be healthy enough to start the season.

Deep on the bench

Kent Bazemore -- After a strong summer league, the 24-year-old Bazemore could be an asset at shooting guard if injuries hit. He's on a partially guaranteed deal.

Nemanja Nedovic -- The 30th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft had an up-and-down summer on the Serbian national team at EuroBasket.

Seth Curry -- Stephen Curry's brother went undrafted out of Duke this summer, and Golden State has the room to keep the point guard after training camp.

Dewayne Dedmon -- The former USC Trojans big man could also make the roster after training camp.

Head coach

Mark Jackson -- Jackson enters his third season as the Warriors' head coach with expectations higher than ever. A first-year struggle turned into results last season, when the Warriors went to the Western Conference semifinals. The roster's core is intact and the tools are there for Jackson to lead Golden State to another successful year.

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