SF: Will 49ers Experience a Change in Culture Like Warriors Did?

Jan 15, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula (L) shakes hands with owner Jed York (R) in the locker room after a press conference for the introdution of Tomsula as the head coach at Levi's Stadium Auditorium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 15, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula (L) shakes hands with owner Jed York (R) in the locker room after a press conference for the introdution of Tomsula as the head coach at Levi’s Stadium Auditorium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In less than a year, the San Francisco 49ers have gone from being one of the elite teams in the NFL to being one of the most controversial, confusing teams in the league. Behind a new head coach, can the 49ers return to being a successful team in 2015?

Regardless of the sport, a team’s success can be predicated upon the culture surrounding the team. The word “culture” has been used often when discussing the Golden State Warriors’ recent rise in the ranks from being one of the worst teams in the NBA to the 2015 NBA champions.

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SF: San Francisco 49ers: Who Will Be the Number Three Receiver?

Dec 20, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Bruce Ellington (10) celebrates with 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton (11) after Ellington scored on a 8 yard pass during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers USA;  at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 20, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Bruce Ellington (10) celebrates with 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton (11) after Ellington scored on a 8 yard pass during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers USA; at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers will start training camp for this upcoming season with 12 wide receivers on their roster: Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Jerome Simpson, Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington, DeAndre Smelter, Isaac Blakeney, DeAndrew White, Dres Anderson, DiAndre Campbell, Chuck Jacobs, and Mario Hull.

Boldin and Smith will be the two starting receivers, but after that, playing time is up in the air. It still remains unclear who the 49ers’ third receiver will be. The most likely candidates are Simpson, Ellington, and Patton, since the other players are long shots to make the roster (such as White, Anderson, and Jacobs) or have little to no chance at making the roster and could just be added to the 49ers’ practice squad (Blakeney, Campbell, and Hull)

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SFG: Matt Duffy: The Unexpected Key Contributor

Jun 16, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Duffy (5) celebrates after scoring a run during the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 16, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Duffy (5) celebrates after scoring a run during the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Over the course of three years, Matt Duffy has gone from being an 18th round draft pick (568th overall) by the San Francisco Giants in 2012 to being a World Series champion at the end of the of the 2014 season to being a player who had to compete for a roster spot in Spring Training earlier this year to now being the Giants’ everyday third baseman.

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SFG: Will Andrew Susac Spark Giants’ Offense with Hunter Pence and Nori Aoki Out?

Jun 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Andrew Susac (34) after the top of the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Andrew Susac (34) after the top of the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants are suddenly facing a shortage of outfielders with Hunter Pence and Nori Aoki both injured. Because of this, the Giants are in need of an offensive spark, and that spark could end up coming from Andrew Susac, not Gregor Blanco and Justin Maxwell, who are filling in for those starting roles.

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GSW: Golden State Warriors Roundtable: 5 Questions About NBA Finals

May 27, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden peightstate Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) and guard Shaun Livingston (34) and guard Stephen Curry (30) react during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets in game five of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs. at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

May 27, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden peightstate Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) and guard Shaun Livingston (34) and guard Stephen Curry (30) react during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets in game five of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs. at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Finals start today, and the Golden State Warriors are making their first Finals appearance in 40 years. The Warriors will represent the Western Conference in this year’s NBA Finals, and they will face the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors will yet again have homecourt advantage in this series.

Now that the NBA Finals are finally here, we will again ask five of our Warriors writers to answer five questions about the Finals, the Warriors’ matchup with the Cavaliers, and more!

Here are the five questions and the responses from our writers.

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GSW: Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals Preview

Jan 9, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 112-94. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 9, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 112-94. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Finals are finally here. Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers. Which team will be named the 2014-15 NBA champions, the team that hasn’t won an NBA title in 40 years or the team that has never won a championship?

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GSW: Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets Western Finals Preview

Jan 21, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the ball against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors won 126-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 21, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the ball against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors won 126-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time since 1976, the Golden State Warriors have advanced to the Western Conference Finals. The 2015 Western Conference Finals will feature the number one-seeded Warriors against the number two-seeded Houston Rockets.

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