Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Warriors Need to Figure Out What They Have/Need

OK, so the Warriors pulled the trigger on a big move to get them the center they've lacked in Golden State for decades, but it did come at the expense of the team's top scorer and starting point guard. What the Warriors need to figure out over this final month-plus of the season is figure out who they want, who they don't and exactly what they need heading into the offseason.

It looks like they're pretty set at the point, especially if Robinson returns. Charles Jenkins doesn't get a whole of PT, but that should increase in the final month, and during limited minutes, he's shown promise. The Warriors also will need to make signing Brandon Rush a priority as well, as he's, arguably outside of Ellis, been the teams most consistent player since day one. He's the ideal shooter they'll need come next season when they do have the inside presence of Bogut and Lee. More importantly in my mind though, are the two starting spots that are somewhat un-set as we look ahead towards 2012-13, and those are the starting shooting guard and small forward. At the 2, Thompson has shown the ability to score, but he hasn't shot all that well as a starter, and still has still shown proneness to rookie mistakes. They need to figure out if he's a Nick Young (OK scoring as only asset, but only with high volume of shots that come with a lot of misses) or a Kevin Martin (good, steady shooter and deadly from 3-point range, offensive force when on). He has to improve his ability to go to the rim and create for himself during this final month to eliminate any doubt the Warriors may have towards his ability as a starting shooting guard. I know one guy who's available, albeit in the restricted variety, but is expected to leave New Orleans is Eric Gorden. Boy would he make the Monta Ellis deal go obsolete in Warrior fans minds, but the Warriors likely aren't in position, salary cap wise, to be real players for Gordon.

The other position that the Warriors need to consider is the starting small forward position. It's something I've mentioned ever since the Richard Jefferson deal, as the Warriors are tied to him for two more seasons and he's played well with the Warriors. This also is coming on the heals of a horrible season by Dorrell Wright, in which he's managed only a few 20+ point nights. The Warriors must be pondering whether or not Wright was a 1-year wonder in 2010-11, or if the 2012 version is more to Wright's abilities, as his career would numbers suggest. However, unless the Warriors are epically bad this last month and move into a position to nab Harrison Barnes, the Warriors have their small forward in uniform right now, it's just a matter of Jefferson or Wright. So far, in his brief stint as a Warrior, Jeff has shown better ability to handle the basketball, pass, defend and even shoot. Wright is very streaky, and very similar offensively to Klay Thompson and the Warriors may not want two of those style players in the starting lineup together. It's all going to come down to who's available, what kind of money is available, if the Warriors are indeed able to unload Biedrins like Joe Lacob said he thinks they can during a recent radio interview, and where they end up in the draft. But outside of giving Jeremy Tyler and Jenkins a lot more PT, the Warriors have to be doing the same with Thompson and also getting Jefferson as much time as possible to see what he can bring.

Note: The Blazers beat the Warriors to the punch and I think got a steal in J.J. Hickson. Sacramento just didn't play him, but he's a talented big who, again, would have been a nice option behind Lee and Bogut, along with McGuire and a yet-to-be-determined backup center (hopefully not Biedrins) heading into 2012-13.

Also, as we'll start doing from now till the end of the season, the Warrior's Draft Watch, to see if they do end up in the top-7 of the lottery.... They're still currently at pick 10, which of course if went through, would be out of their hands and into Utah's.

3 comments:

website said...

Thanks for an excellent article! I appreciate your insights and agree with what you wrote.

Unknown said...

I'M SO PISSED AT LARRY RILEY, WHERE IS HE? SO I CAN BOO HIM!!! WHERE IS HE SO I CAN BOO HIM OUT OF WARRIOR LAND!!!???
HOW CAN YOU LET JJ HICKSON GET AWAY? WE NEEDED A BIG MAN WITH HIS SKILLS SET AFTER LOSING UDOH? WHY DID YOU WAIT AND HOPE THAT HE WAS GOING TO BE OFF WAIVERS? I THOUGH LACOB WAS WILLING TO SPEND? COME ON LARRY RILEY!!! THE WRONG MAN WAS BOOED THE OTHER DAY, IT SHOULD'VE BEEN YOU!!!! YOU WANTED TO SAVE MONEY AND YOU GAMBLED, HOPING HE WOULDN'T BE CLAIMED OFF WAIVERS BY ANOTHER TEAM AND ONCE AGAIN YOU FAILED US JUST LIKE YOU GAMBLED ON JEREMY LIN!!!!??? AUGHHHHHH. LARRY RILEY GOT IT GO!

Trevor Cole said...

Yeah, the Warriors were caught sleeping with this Hickson deal! Apparently he was with the Warriors and suited up before being re-routed to Portland... I really don't know what he W's were waiting for cause that was a gift that fell into their lap, and they let slip away. It's a shame too cause I really think Hickson would have done with Golden State what he did in Cleveland... 25-30 good minutes at the 4-5 giving 12-15 ppg and 8-10 RPG while being active on the defensive end... Those types of bigs just don't grow on trees... He would have immediately been the W's 2nd best big man (not counting the injured Bogut) behind Lee....