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Meet the Warriors' second wave, starring Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala

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There's more to Golden State than the Splash Brothers. The supporting cast is deep and talented.

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Everyone tuning into the NBA Finals will be familiar with the Warriors' infamous guard battery: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The Splash Brothers own the title of best backcourt in the NBA, and second place is further away than Mars. You'll also know something about Draymond Green, the motormouth defensive savant who represents the heart and soul of the Warriors. And there's Andrew Bogut, a former No. 1 pick who anchors the interior and ensures all opponents walk away with at least one bruise for their trouble. The coach, Steve Kerr, is becoming a bit of a celebrity, too, as one of most successful, respected leaders in memory.

Then there's the second wave of the Warriors, the one that ended the Rockets' season on Wednesday. Harrison Barnes is the fifth Beatle of the Warriors' starting lineup and Andre Iguodala is one of the more expensive sixth men in the league. Both had huge roles in vanquishing the Zombie Rockets in Game 5, and both figure to have massive roles against LeBron James in the Finals.

Barnes represents the Warriors' final lottery pick, one the team clearly tanked to land. The history is well known to close observers: Golden State owed the Jazz a first-round pick in 2012, but it would stay with the Warriors only if it fell in the top seven. Golden State's record flitted around the seventh-worst zone much of the season.

At the deadline, the Warriors traded Monta Ellis for a very injured Bogut. (That deal worked out in the immediate term and in the long-term.) Mark Jackson began making some unusual roster decisions in the final weeks of the season, including "resting" rookie Klay Thompson in the second half of a close game. And in the end, the Warriors barely kept their pick and took Barnes, who at one time was considered a potential No. 1 pick and a can't-miss prospect.

Barnes' production is not incredible. He has the numbers of a fourth option, which is appropriate considering he is the Warriors' fourth option in the starting lineup. His usage rate (15 percent) was really low this regular season, and while his defense and outside shooting are good, he's obviously in the shadows of his teammates on both accounts. He's a true three-and-D for the Warriors for the most part ... except when Golden State needs him to be more.

Like in Game 5, with Thompson picking up some mind-boggling fouls and Curry shooting poorly (in part due to some ludicrous attempts). The Warriors needed Barnes to be more in the fourth as Thompson suffered a sharp knee to the head. Barnes had 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting in the fourth, and 24 for the game as the Rockets ran off the small forward to chase the others.

Late-game Barnes was more than a spot-up shooter. Iguodala consistently looked for him, and the former Tar Heel did some ISO work and crashed the offensive boards. If given space to blossom into more full-time, he'd be a really good third option offensively and perhaps a decent second option. (Second and third options get paid a lot more than fourth options.) He has some Michael Finley in his game, but with the modern twist of longer range and physical length.

Iguodala was once given a team to lead: the post-Iverson Sixers. That did not go tremendously well, but Iguodala did make an All-Star team and took Philadelphia to the playoffs several times with a lackluster roster. We learned a few things in that extended experiment.

The first is that though Iguodala is multi-talented and especially good as both a slasher and a passer, he cannot be the center of any offense. The other thing we learned is that Iguodala is one of the league's very best wing defenders, despite a relative lack of official honors for his work on that end. (Iguodala earned just one All-Defense nod in Philly and one in Golden State.)

He did work on James Harden in Game 5. While Iguodala never covered Harden full-time in the series, he had his battles. He won every single one on Wednesday. That's what Iguodala brings off the bench for Golden State: elite wing defense plus that offensive versatility that will more often see him in a creator role than scoring.

No other team in the NBA brings a defender the caliber of Iguodala off of the bench. When he signed for four years and $48 million two years ago, it looked like a modest overpay given his age and style of play. Needless to say, it's paid off. Iguodala deserved more consideration for Sixth Man of the Year given his huge role and contributions; he's proving his worth just about every minute he's on the court these days.

Yes, the Warriors are scary because of Curry and Klay, Bogut in the middle and Green everywhere else. But the Warriors are an absolute nightmare to face because even if you can get past that fantastic four, damned good players like Barnes, Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and even Festus Ezeli are waiting for you.

Like the Spurs of the past two seasons, the Warriors are entering the Finals ridiculously deep when facing a team that relies heavily on LeBron James. It'll be a fight, but it's hard to see how even LeBron can withstand the waves Golden State will send at him.