The Golden State Warriors backcourt is one of the best in the NBA. Those guys Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson really know how to shoot the ball. They’re going to be the Warriors’ offensive life next season.
What people don’t realize, however, is that the acquisition of Andre Iguodala gives the Warriors one of the better frontcourts in the NBA as well. The starting depth is now there for the Warriors, and they’re going to have to utilize it.
The Warriors really have made some great signings this offseason, with Iguodala being at the top of that list. So far, he’s shown that he’s excited to be a Warrior, which is always good. The small forward is the guy in the lineup that can do almost everything. From shooting, to rebounding, to assisting, Iguodala fits that definition perfectly.How is he going to affect the other members of the Warriors’ frontcourt?
1. Andre Iguodala: 14.2 PPG, 5.1 Assists, 6.0 Rebounds, 1.3 Steals:
Andre Iguodala is a mini LeBron James. He can score, assist, and rebound. In other words, he is a swingman, the guy that the Warriors have desperately been searching for. These are similar stats to Iggy’s last season with the Sixers. He could take over when he wanted to and make the clutch shot, but in crunch time, he made the decisions for the team by handling the ball as well.
As for the rebounding, he can easily average six per game, which is enough to fill the void of Carl Landry, who came off the bench for the Warriors last season. Iguodala is a great perimeter defender who is bound to get some steals.
2. David Lee: 17.2 PPG, 3.2 Assists, 10.8 Rebounds:
David Lee had a horrible season-ending (almost) hip flexor tear against the Nuggets in his first playoff game. That’s pretty depressing, but he was having a career season before going down.
Lee was the league leader in double-doubles, and was amongst the leaders in rebounding. No doubt, he’s still going to be a monster on the glass; how could he not be?
His scoring prowess will always be there. He knows how to use quickness on bigger defenders to get the quick hoop. He’s got a great jumpshot, and he’s not a terrible free throw shooter.
Still, with the addition of Iguodala, Lee’s production for scoring may go down, but only a little bit. Lee will always be a great scoring power forward, and his stats will be enough to qualify him for the All-Star game once again.
3. Andrew Bogut: 6.4 PPG, 2.2 Assists, 9.3 Rebounds, 1.4 Blocks:
Injury may have slowed down Bogut’s career, but he could still be a great contributor. He’s a defensively-minded player now because of injury, but that’s what the Warriors need. He missed a lot of the Warriors’ games last season, but this season, he should be a lot more mobile. His scoring will always be average for a center, but his assisting numbers are above average because he’s got great passing skills.
For rebounding, he’s always been solid on the glass. At 7’0″, Bogut knows how to rebound the basketball. Along with Lee, they should really be controlling the glass on defense.
Bogut is still a solid shot-blocker because he’s not afraid to take any risks. Almost any player that tries to contest him at the rim got their shot sent back. Javale McGee, of course, being one of the exceptions.