Golden State Warriors: 3 Positions They Need to Deepen


With the offseason almost underway for the Warriors, they need to consider the fact that two of their role players are free agents and they need to deepen their roster further. The Warriors are a great team, no doubt, but without Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, how good would they be? They wouldn’t be in the same position without those two, that’s for sure. What they need to do, however, is find some reinforcements.

The two positions that the Warriors need to deepen are the point guard, power forward, and center spots. Jack is a free agent, and there are a few teams like the Dallas Mavericks who are trying to pursue him. Landry is also a free agent, but with a player option, and is being pursued by the Toronto Raptors. The center spot is an injury-prone Andrew Bogut, backup up by Festus Ezeli, a guy who has yet to grasp the concept of catching a basketball.

1. Point Guard:

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Stephen Curry is the starting point guard, and that’s going to stay the same, without a doubt. He is the best shooter in the NBA, as well as a superstar, and maybe one of the best shooters in NBA history. Speaking of history, however, he kind of has a record of getting hurt, a lot.

He’s sprained his ankle about a million times last season, and it’s going to continue to be a problem for him and the Warriors. Jack is a great backup, as he finished third place for the 6th Man of the Year award. Still, he may leave to another team.

Without him, the Warriors won’t have the same type of success. If they want to have it, of course, they’re going to have to re-sign him, which is what they’re leaning towards, or get a new point guard in. With all the talent in the free agent market this year, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

2. Power Forward:

The second spot that the Warriors really need to deepen is of course the power forward position. With the All-Star David Lee starting, there’s no reason at all to get rid of him, as he’s actually worth the large contract. The Warriors are happy with the sign-and-trade that they used to acquire him, of course it paid off. What they don’t realize, however, is that they have no backup for him at all. I can’t imagine Landry wanting to sign elsewhere, but if he does, the Warriors will need to sign someone like Andray Blatche.

3. Center

May 14, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) and San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (behind) battle for position during the second half in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the AT

If Bogut goes down again, let’s be honest, no one is going to be surprised at all. Battling through pain in the playoffs, Bogut was the biggest X-Factor for the Warriors. He played well some games, but other times, he just couldn’t seem to get it going. The Warriors rely on the small man game, but that isn’t really too effective. If they acquire Dwight Howard, that would be great for them, but it doesn’t seem very likely. They need to trade for someone like Ian Mahinmi with the Pacers. That would be an upgrade from Ezeli.