Golden State Warriors: How Addition of Kyrylo Fesenko Helps Team

Nikhil DilipCorrespondent IIIDecember 28, 2011

Golden State Warriors: How Addition of Kyrylo Fesenko Helps Team

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    On December 27, the Golden State Warriors signed center Kyrylo Fesenko, who played the last four seasons for the Utah Jazz.

    Fesenko was a backup for Jazz center Mehmet Okur during his tenure, and when Okur, who is now on the New Jersey Nets, went down with an injury, Fesenko saw increased minutes.

    After receiving a six-year, $54 million extension from the Warriors, Andris Biedrins has disappointed the team, averaging only five points and around eight rebounds a contest. He seems to have gotten out to a quick start this season, making all five of his shots, en route to 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in the loss to the Clippers on opening day.


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    Earlier this month, the Dubs traded Lou Amundson for Brandon Rush, which left them a bit weaker at the power forward and center positions.

    Finally, the team has that strength back in Fesenko. Fesenko is a guy who can contribute a solid 10 to 12 minutes a game and average about two points and a block in that time.

    He was a solid defensive contributor for the Utah Jazz the past four years and looks to bring that mentality and experience to the Warriors.

    He is also a good shooter from the post, with a career field-goal percentage of 50 percent.


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    After missing out on Tyson Chandler, DeAndre Jordan and Nene, the Warriors were in serious need of some bench depth in the frontcourt. Larry Riley signed Kwame Brown to a one-year, $7 million deal, but clearly wants more in the power forward and center positions.

    Fesenko stepped up for the Jazz in the 2010 playoffs when they lost Mehmet Okur and played about 18 minutes a game, contributing over three points and around four boards a game.


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    Fesenko is only 25 years old, and this one-year deal means that he's in a contract year, so he will probably step up for the Warriors.

    He's not a guy who will play significant minutes for the team, but if Andris Biedrins or Kwame Brown goes down, he will thrive in the opportunity to play 18 to 20 minutes a night for a team that's dead-set on making the playoffs.