Golden State Warriors: Why Carl Landry Is an Absolute Steal

Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistJuly 30, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 26:  Carl Landry #24 of the New Orleans Hornets handles the ball during the season openning NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 26, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Hornets defeated the Suns 85-84. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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News broke earlier today that the Golden State Warriors are "on the verge" of resigning restricted free-agent Brandon Rush and coming to terms on a contract with free-agent power forward Carl Landry (h/t

Both moves have been rumored for some time, and in the case of Rush, his return to the Warriors was practically a foregone conclusion. But Marcus Thompson reported as recently as last week that the Warriors were priced out of the Landry sweepstakes. Apparently, that changed today.

ESPN's Mark Stein reported that the deal for Landry is done—the Warriors and Landry have agreed on a two-year, $8 million deal.

And at that price, Landry is an absolute steal. Here's a quick statistical breakdown of why Landry is such a bargain.

In Landry, the Warriors get a very effective offensive performer who fills a number of the team’s needs.

First of all, Landry is an elite post-up scorer. Last year, there were only six NBA players who scored more efficiently in post-up situations than Landry did, according to Synergy Sports. In short, he is the best post-up scorer the Warriors have had in decades.

Last year, he also rated in the top quarter of NBA players in pick-and-roll situations.

In fairness, Landry does take far too many spot-up shots from outside his range, which is only about 10 feet. Other than that, Landry is one of the most efficient, accomplished frontcourt scorers in the NBA.

On the defensive end, Landry is also surprisingly effective. In situations where he was the primary defender, Landry allowed an average of .79 points per play last year—a figure that ranks him in the top 20 percent of NBA players.

On the topic of defense, many Warriors fans will lament the fact that the Warriors’ now-completed 15-man roster will not include free agent Dominic McGuire. But worry not.

McGuire was a top-notch defender in isolation situations, but Landry was actually better overall; McGuire allowed an average of .82 points per play to Landry’s .79. Of course, their respective teams’ style of play and help defense has an effect on that figure. But even when adjusting for those outside factors, Landry and McGuire are similarly effective on defense.

So, in Landry, the Warriors get a fantastic post-up scorer who is also an underrated defender for a measly $4 million a year. Not a bad crescendo to an already excellent Warriors offseason.