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Golden State Warriors: Has Their Bench Gotten Worse?

The Golden State Warriors have had some highlights and of course, some low-ights of this offseason. They acquired Andre Iguodala, one of the best FA’s via sign-and-trade with the Jazz and Nuggets. That was their biggest move of the offseason.

Unfortunately, they lost also their bench weapons in Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry who came into the game and instantly sparked the offense.

With that being said, have the Warriors truly had a productive offseason? What we can’t forget is the fact that Iguodala is an upgrade from Harrison Barnes, who is now on the bench, giving the Warriors that depth there as well. The Warriors signed Toney Douglas, a point guard, Mareesse Speights, a power forward, and Jermaine O’Neal, a center.

How do they compare? Position by position?

1. Toney Douglas vs Jarrett Jack:

There may be a clear leader in this case, but only to the naked eye. Jack is a great ball-handler, a true point guard, and an all-around player. He was, by far, the Warriors’ best one vs one player. He really knew what he was doing when the shot clock was winding down. Sure, he made some simpleton-like errors, but everything always seemed to be fine.

Douglas, on the other hand, doesn’t always appear motivated, but I believe Golden State is a perfect fit for him. Jack wasn’t an incredible shooter, but when Douglas gets it going, he’s terribly hard to stop. He never does a slapdash job when running the offense. Instead, he’ll get aggressive and attack the basket. This is the type of player that the Warriors want to have on their roster. A tough worker. He’s already expressed his pleasure with the signing, and appears to be more motivated than ever.
Winner: Jarrett Jack

2. Kent Bazemore/Nemanja Nedovic vs Brandon Rush:

Klay Thompson never really had a backup player for him last year. Instead, Jack would come into the game for Harrison Barnes, and he would shift over to the small forward position. Hats off to Bazemore, as he ingratiated himself with the team nicely, being the undrafted rookie last year. Nedovic will hopefully fit in with this Warrior team. There really is no need for competition here, but the fact that Rush was injured the whole year automatically gives this matchup to Bazemore and Nedovic.
Winner(s): Bazemore, Nedovic

3. Harrison Barnes vs Richard Jefferson:

Mar 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) drives in against the New York Knicks during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the New York Knicks 92-63. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The old versus the young. In most cases, the older one almost always wins, unless he is down on his luck and washed up, matching up against the 7th pick in the NBA draft. That’s right, this is that case. In his prime, Jefferson was one of the biggest All-Star snubs in the NBA, but now, however, he’s evened out and has almost become obsolete.

Barnes is one of the youngest and explosive guys on the Warriors’ roster. His 6th man role surely won’t hinder his performance, as he will get as many minutes as Jack did last season at around 30 minutes per game. That is enough for Barnes to truly flourish, and win the 6th Man of the Year award.
Winner: Harrison Barnes

4. Mareesse Speights vs Carl Landry:

Last season with the Grizzlies, prior to being traded to the Cavaliers, Speights was having his best stint of games. He was averaging 10.2 points per game, and hitting jump-shots from almost everywhere. Coincidentally, Landry averaged around 10.2 points per game last season with the Dubs. Landry uses a series of pump-fakes to get the open shot, and he has the right positioning as well.

Speights, from what I’ve observed, can do the same exact things of Landry, but he can hit deeper jump-shots. Landry, however, can score on the inside a bit better.
Winner: Tied

5. Jermaine O’Neal vs Festus Ezeli:

Festus Ezeli is still apart of the Warriors’ roster, but has been ruled out six to nine months thanks to knee surgery. This is why the Warriors signed veteran center and former All-Star Jermaine O’Neal. This is a very good signing for the Warriors. Not only can O’Neal play defense, but he actually knows how to catch a basketball. Last year with the Suns, he averaged around eight points per game in a starting role.

He’s surely capable of doing that this year. He’s already said that he’s motivated to play for the Warriors and thinks that they have a legitimate shot to contend for a championship. What does that mean? He’s motivated.
Winner: Jermaine O’Neal

Have the Warriors gotten worse?


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  • Pepe Battle Jr.

    Jarrett Jack is pretty much being replaced with Barnes/Klay based on whoever coach Jackson decides should be our sixth man. I could live with that. Both are young players with upside, and I see our bench being just fine. Jack came through for us many times, but people seem to be forgetting his frustrating decision making, and his unwillingness to pass the ball at times. I wish him well, but I think our bench will be fine. We are a deeper teem and more talented team this year imo.

  • x-raided

    Dougles’ near elite defense over Jack’s so-so defense isn’t mentioned here? that’s the thing that tips the scales to Tony IMO … we need defense over scoring efforts… period… and Dougles is a shutdown type PG that will team up with Iggy on the perimeter to make the opposition flounder when trying to come up with solutions to get their wing players goin…

  • Billy

    The warriors have gotten better but not by much but the presence of Harrison Barnes coming off the bench gives the warriors a huge boost, but loosing Jarret jack is hard to think about that might be the only downgrade position they have but only if Toney Douglas doesn’t play his hardest.

    • x-raided

      it’s not read below.
      worlds better defensively
      pair Dougles up with Iggy on the perimeter
      what wing duo in the league can hang?
      not even durant and westbrook can do a lot of damage
      tell me i’m wrong

  • SportsFan123

    Look at it this way: they lost Jack and Landry.

    Jack would not have the same type of season that he did last year, and Barnes is only going to get better. He is going to play Jacks role, and be better.

    Speights is younger and quicker than Landry.

    The bench is stronger

  • Paulo Pogi

    This is a stupid article. I don’t know why I bothered reading it. You are asking a questions and answering it at the same time.

    This is bad article and a waste reading it. If you have a day job, please keep it.

  • Gordon Walker

    Give me a break. Ezeli, Green and Bazemore are improved over last year simply by experience, Barnes is better than anyone on the bench last year, and there will no longer be Biedrins anchored to the bench or refusing to touch the ball on the offensive end of the floor. Jack was nice but his defense was problematic as was his tendency to dribble too much and look basically for himself all the time. Douglas won’t score points as spectacularly as Jack could, but he will move the ball better and defend FAR better. Landry would have been missed had Speights not been found–a guy who provides offense, rebounding, and even some D and shooting from midrange. O’Neal provides veteran leadership and tangible skills along with size. This year’s bench vs last year’s bench is not even close and it’s a joke to imply that there’s a question about it.