OAKLAND -- With the exhibition schedule now complete, the Warriors turn their attention to the regular season.
After Tuesday's 107-92 win over the visiting Phoenix Suns, Golden State has seven days off before the season opener at Phoenix. A lot of questions remain. The availability of injured center Andrew Bogut. The durability of point guard Stephen Curry's right ankle. The readiness of second-year off guard Klay Thompson. The starting small forward. Their chances of actually playing defense.
But the Warriors did learn some things while amassing a 6-2 preseason record. They have a few things to look forward to when the 2012-13 campaign kicks off.
"From my perspective, he looked really good," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said of Curry. "He was controlling the offense, playing great defense He looked uninhibited. I expect that to continue."
Obviously, it all depends on his right ankle, which he tweaked Friday at Portland, prompting coach Mark Jackson to sit him out the final two exhibition games. But when he was in action, Curry looked every bit the talented young point guard the Warriors were banking on.
In five preseason games, he averaged 12.6 points and 5.2 assists and two turnovers in 18.8 minutes. Curry showed he still can score efficiently, shooting 57.1 percent from the field (including 8 of 14 from 3-point range). He also showed an ability to get to the basket using the offense and his cleverness with the ball in his hands. He also showed flashes of the court vision and command of the game, traits scarcely used while playing next to the dominant presence of guard Monta Ellis the last two years.
Curry looked like a more mature version of the rookie who became a sensation once given the reins to the team.
"We all knew the caliber of player Steph was," veteran point guard Jarrett Jack said. "But when you play with someone on a day-to-day basis, you really get a better appreciation for the player they are. Not just the stuff he does that shows up on the stat sheet. But his leadership, his work ethic, those types of things. ... He's right there with the great young point guards in this league."
The No. 7 overall pick in the 2012 draft, forward Harrison Barnes, could wind up coming off the bench.
And second-year point guard Charles Jenkins, about whom Jackson regularly raves, figures to have a hard time getting on the court.
The Warriors aren't loaded with stars and notables. But if used right, Jackson has plenty pieces to work with. Each position has at least one player fighting for backup minutes, which should prevent the starters from slacking. It also allows Jackson to get reasonable rest for his best players.
With guys such as veteran big man Carl Landry, Jack and Richard Jefferson coming off the bench, Golden State should have an advantage most nights.
"Against a team like Portland, we played their first unit pretty even," forward David Lee said. "And then our depth came in against their second unit. We're going to have depth at every position."
For the longest time, Golden State players have claimed they're not worried about offense because they have multiple guys who can score big. But unlike in years past, when they struggled in the half-court and relied heavily on jumpers, they boast a pretty versatile offense.
They shot 57 percent against Phoenix, and that was without two starters.
Curry and Thompson are arguably the best shooting backcourt in the league. Those two, plus swingman Brandon Rush, give the Warriors reliable 3-point shooting. Even Jefferson has been known to shoot well from behind the arc.
The Warriors also have an inside game. Lee's post game is improved, which expands his offensive game. He had 16 points on 7 for 10 on Tuesday. And Landry is a scoring machine inside. At his best, Bogut gives the Warriors someone who can finish strong and create offense out of the post.
These are options the Warriors simply haven't enjoyed in recent memory.
On top of those proven players, Barnes has shown in preseason that he can put the ball in the hole from multiple areas on the court. He's the fourth or fifth option on offense, so he won't get the abundance of shots. But given the green light, Barnes -- who finished with a team-high tying 16 on Tuesday -- has no problem letting loose.