OAKLAND (Bleacher Report) – Looking at Golden State’s competition in the Western Conference, they nearly certainly will not be able to compete with the Spurs, Thunder, Lakers and Clippers without a superstar. It will probably be a stretch to compete with Memphis and Denver, which means six slots in the West are probably reserved for the 2013 playoffs.
But the Warriors could very well give the rest of the league a run for its money and fight for the No. 7 or No. 8 spot in the West.
The next most obvious threat to a Warriors playoff berth is the Dallas Mavericks. But they have become slowly dismantled with the losses of Jason Terry to the Boston Celtics and 39-year-old Jason Kidd to the New York Knicks.
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