The Warriors finished the 2010-11 season with the 20th best record in the NBA. In a league of 30 teams, that is hardly a passing grade. But considering the progress made, and some extenuating circumstances, curve grading may be in order. Here are individual evaluations.
SG Monta Ellis B+
Excellent year as player and leader. But as best player, he bears some responsibility for team shortcomings, especially on defensive end and on road.
PG Stephen Curry B
Crazy numbers for player who, to many, regressed: 18.6 points, 48 FG%, 5.8 assists in 33.6 minutes per game. Critical turnovers and fouls can be hard on eyes, but his package of skills looks so promising.
PF David Lee C
Great play came too late. Injury and various adjustments slowed him down, but team needs more from him. Needs to bulk up, which will help his rebounding and develop his low-post scoring.
SF Dorell Wright B+
Breakout year overshadowed his low FG%. Still, his production-to-salary ratio is stellar. Wasn't defensive stopper expected, and playmaking skills could improve. But he was better than expected.
C Andris Biedrins F
Fall from grace continued: 5.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 0.9 blocks per game. Unacceptable for $9 million per year. Since he's practically unmovable, he might have to be reserve.
PF/C Ekpe Udoh C+
He's force on defense, only Warrior who can protect rim. But 3.1 boards and 43.7 FG%, even playing out of position, leaves much to be desired -- especially with Detroit rookie Greg Monroe putting up numbers.
SG/SF Reggie Williams C
Showed flashes of being impact player but also had stretches of passivity. He was consistent with regular time but never won over his coach. Defense and lack of aggression on offense hurt his minutes.
PG Acie Law B-
He brought energy and toughness. Still, 1.6 assists in 14.3 minutes per game is low for floor general type.
PF/C Lou Amundson D+
Slowed by early injuries. Still, key averages -- points, rebounds, FG% -- dipped from last year.
SF/PF Vladimir Radmanovic D
He became locker room presence despite lack of minutes. But his play was too inconsistent.
SF/PF Al Thornton C
February acquisition played well enough to earn minutes. Didn't produce consistently enough.
SG Charlie Bell F
Gave Warriors very little on court and had DUI.
PG Jeremy Lin B
He wasn't too happy with his play. But he had one job -- improve -- and he did that.
PF Jeff Adrien C-
Left good enough impression to be recalled by Warriors but didn't do enough to earn minutes.
Coach Keith Smart B
Put in tough spot from start -- lame duck status, flawed roster, lofty expectations from ownership -- Smart didn't blow it. He didn't make magic, either.
GM Larry Riley C
Gets kudos for signing Wright, and some credit for guts it took to take Udoh over Monroe. But his big move, Lee, didn't pay off as he'd hoped (yet).
CEO Joe Lacob D
Has officially co-owned team only since November but so far has caused more controversy than change. It's still super early in his tenure, but he's exhausted some of his leeway with bold talk.
-- MARCUS THOMPSON II