The Warriors made a cap clearing move ridding themselves of Richard Jefferson and Andres Biedrins' awful contracts (in order to sign Iguodala), but for some reason they also let Brandon Rush go. The signing of Andre Iguodala at a discount price was a fantastic addition to the team.
Despite these facts, I do not believe GSW has accounted for what Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry brought to the team (toughness, ball handling, & scoring off the bench).
What really bothers me is the fact that they could have replaced those two players with players almost equally as talented, but failed to make the right moves. Instead of signing Toney Douglas and Marreese Speights, they could have spent just a little more money and acquired Will Bynum and Tyler Hansbrough.
Will Bynum's ability to handle the rock and create offense for the team matches what Jack did, Bynum just can't quite hit the outside shot like Jack. Hansbrough is a tough enforcer who can rebound, score inside, and get loose balls like Landry did.
I think the Warriors are just about as good as they were last year, but the West got tougher... I see GSW landing a 6 or 7 seed..... with the right moves I believe they could have been a 4 or 5 seed who no one would've wanted to see in the playoffs.
Instead of looking at players 1for1, look @ the overall picture.
JJ,Rush, Jefferson, Landry, beidrins - out
Iggy, douglas, $peights, O'Neal, foreigners - in
At that angle the Warriors got much much better.