They’re not supposed to be here. A team that does not feature a relevant player over 30 years of age, and a veteran presence provided by the 29-year-old Jarrett Jack is now headed to the second round of the NBA playoffs.
The Golden State Warriors have a superstar in the making in 25-year-old Stephen Curry, a sharp-shooter in 23-year-old Klay Thompson and untapped talent in 20-year-old Harrison Barnes.
The sky is the limit, at the moment.
The Warriors knocked off the three-seeded Denver Nuggets Thursday night and advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time since the “We Believe” team of 2007.
This young team is far ahead of schedule, though. They were widely regarded as a team still two or three years away from NBA relevancy. ESPN’s preseason projections had the Warriors finishing at 28-54. Now, they are one of the final eight teams standing in the NBA playoffs.
A team with 125/1 preseason odds of winning the NBA title, and an ESPN-projected standing of 13th i...