Friday, November 21, 2008

Warriors Acquire Crawford For Harrington

The Warriors and Al Harrington finally parted ways on Friday. Harrington was dealt to the New York Knicks for G/F Jamal Crawford as the Warriors add yet another swingman to a team that already has Stephen Jackson, Corey Maggette and an emerging Anthony Morrow. I was hoping the Warriors would either get a solid young point guard, or another decent big man in return for Harrington. That said, Crawford is a proven scorer and will help this team more than Harrington was so I can't really complain about the deal. It does pose a question as to what will happen when Monta Ellis returns? In the meantime, it looks like Nelly is going to roll with Crawford at the point, with Morrow at the 2 and Jackson and Maggette up front with Biedrins. When Ellis returns, it may be him and Crawford in the back-court with Morrow to the bench. An unorthodox, small lineup indeed, but one that should score 100 points a night with ease. I don't know that this move puts the Warriors back into the playoff hunt in the tough Western Conference, as they still lack the size inside to match-up with the better teams, but if they can all get healthy, they're going to make things interesting.

I did want to mention Anthony Randolph in this post as he had his best night as a pro on Friday. The 19-year old had 10 points and 9 boards along with 4 blocked shots in only 13 minutes of play. The Warriors are desperate for one of their bigs to start helping out Andres Biedrins and after that performance, look for Nelly to give Randolph more opportunity Sunday in Philadelphia.

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