OAKLAND (Bleacher Report) — The Golden State Warriors finally ended the Monta Ellis era midway through last season, trading the high-octane guard to the Milwaukee Bucks in a deal that brought Andrew Bogut to Oakland. Bogut did not play a single game with the Warriors last season due to injury, but he is ready to go for the 2012-13 campaign.
Plain and simple, Golden State will contend for a playoff spot this season. It has one of the deepest teams in the league, as the additions of players like Carl Landry and Jarett Jack will provide ample support off the bench for Mark Jackson’s club, and the rookie Harrison Barnes may very well end up overtaking Brandon Rush for the starting small forward spot sooner rather than later.
Not only that, but the Warriors have great center depth, with players like Jeremy Tyler (who may play some power forward this year), Andris Biedrins and the rookie Festus Ezeli behind Bogut.
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