The most recent acquisition for the Golden State Warriors Warriors sat down with Jim Barnett for a little interview. Jermaine O’Neal is coming into his 18th NBA season, and still has a lot to offer a young team like the Warriors. He’s good enough to be a starting center, and would be superb in a backup role, playing about 15-20 minutes per game.
Due to a momentary lapse in O’Neal’s judgement, he was hours away from signing a deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Fortunately for the Warriors, he changed his mind and agreed to a deal with them. He was able to give the Dubs a good scare, but in the end, he truly believes that the Warriors have the opportunity to succeed as a reloaded team.
O’Neal’s career stats are 13.4 points per game, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. Those stats were obviously higher than last year’s for him, but he’s still got a lot to offer a young NBA team, again.
If he had acquiesced to play with the Warriors, it wouldn’t have been a happy season for him. Because this is his choice, however, he will likely be motivated to earn his minutes. 34 years is pretty old, but hey, fundamentals are always there.