Sunday, March 8, 2015

Warriors Depth Showing Up

One of the reason's why the Warriors weren't able to outlast the Spurs in the Semi's this year was due to lack of depth so obviously it had to be addressed. After the Warriors deal for Andre Iguodala earlier this month, it forced them out of the market for Jack and Landry, which made thin bench nearly non-existent.

Needless to say, additions needed to be made, and they needed to be made swiftly. Under the circumstances, I think Bob Myers did a fine job in finding replacements. The first addition after Iggy was Jermaine O'Neal, as the Warriors needed another veteran center to help take the load off of Andrew Bogut while provide some of the same type of things Bogut does, which O'Neal can. Jermaine had a bit of a resurrection in Phoenix last season, averaging 8.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG and 1.4 BPG in just 18 minutes of play last year. Festus Ezieli did an admirable job when called upon last year, but for a team trying to go to the next level, a veteran like O'Neal should be getting those key minutes when Bogut is resting. After the O'Neal signing, the team nabbed another big, tough defensive minded player who also contributes on the offensive end in Marreese Speights. While O'Neal should get the majority of the minutes at the 5 when Bogut sits, Speights will likely do the same with David Lee at the 4. Speights also has the ability to play the 5 too though, and is a better defender/rebounder than Carl Landry. Both of these moves certainly got the Warriors tougher in the front court, and have given them some depth to where Mark Jackson isn't using a 6-7 man rotation as he was at times last season.

Finally, the Warriors had to replace Jarrett Jack, which with all his contributions last season, was not going to be an easy thing to do. The addition of Iggy was well worth losing out on Jack, but the Dubs still needed to find a point guard that could caddy Steph Curry, as I don't think they were ready to rely on Scott Machado to play heavy minutes. On Wednesday, they announced a deal with free agent Toney Douglas, who won't quite take Jack's role from a year ago, but with the all-around improvements this team has made, hopefully they won't need him to. Douglas is another guy who can defend well although he won't provide the offensive punch that Jack brought. Still, it's not a bad replacement considering the moves the Warriors made and the limitations they were working with. I don't anticipate them doing much more at this point, and if this was the last significant move of the summer, I'd have to say the Warriors have positioned themselves terrifically and should be a better team heading into next season than they were at the end of 2013.

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