Stephen Curry indicated the Golden State Warriors are aiming for 50 wins this season when he said earlier this month that there's a number that "has a five in front of it" written on a whiteboard inside the team's practice facility as a goal.
Apparently, that's not enough for Andre Iguodala.
Not after he helped the Denver Nuggets win a franchise-record 57 games last season. And not after he turned down more lucrative offers to sign a $48 million, four-year deal with the Warriors this summer.
"I would say more than that," Iguodala said Wednesday at the team's downtown Oakland headquarters, where most players have been voluntarily working out for about three weeks before training camp starts Sept. 29. "I just have really high expectations for us. I won't say too much about wins. I'd rather fly under the radar."
"I'd rather fly under the radar, after I've said we should win more than 50 games." Whoops.
Iguodala's right, though. Golden State won 47 games last season, two more than Chicago, but finished sixth in the tough Western Conference. The Nuggets won 57 games last season, and by Iguodala's estimation (and that of most experts based on their first-round series), he joined a superior team.
The expectation for the Warriors should be around 55 wins, with 50 as a "had a good year" mark and 45 wins as "underwhelmed." Anything less than 45 is a disaster based on payroll, talent, and expectations. Of course, every team's biggest enemy is injury, but the Warriors have bigger concerns than most. Steph Curry's ankle remains a question mark, as does Andrew Bogut's various injuries, Festus Ezili is out for months. With the way the Warriors sacrificed depth to add Iguodala, injuries actually matter more.
But if we're putting the over/under on this team, before Vegas comes out with their verdict, I'm going somwhere around 52.5, and I'm taking the over.