How Each Golden State Warriors Offseason Acquisition Should Be Utilized
Everyone is expecting playoffs for the Golden State Warriors.
They have a lot of new talent that will play an important role in achieving that goal.
For half a team not having played together in a Warriors uniform, it's not going to be easy.
With six new players expected to make a contribution, seven if you count Andrew Bogut, getting their new players adapted quickly is vital if their playoff dreams are to become a reality.
Including a rookie starter amongst others that will bolster their bench, here are the key new additions for Golden State and how they fit in.
Jarrett Jack was acquired by Golden State to become the backup point guard to Stephen Curry.
Although in time, Jack could end up playing a much bigger role for the Warriors with Curry's uncanny ability to get himself injured.
For now at least, Jack will provide toughness and strong defense to the Warriors second unit. Something the Warriors need in their back-court. Jack will be a nice chance of pace guard for the Warriors with his ability to attack the rim. He should have a big role as the top guard off the bench, depending on how the Warriors decide to use Brandon Rush.
It will be a luxury for the Warriors to have Jack and his play-making skills off the bench.
To start, or not to start.
That is the Warriors biggest question with rookie Harrison Barnes.
He is talented, but young and unproven. Plus, with Rush wanting to be inserted in the starting lineup, how do the Warriors handle this?
What seems like a tough question can be made simple.
Barnes is the future at small forward for the Warriors. Barnes will go through growing pains. The sooner he adjusts to the NBA game the better the Warriors will be towards the end of the season. Paired with Klay Thompson and Curry, the Warriors will feature three deadly outside shooters that will open the post for David Lee and Andrew Bogut to operate.
Rush was great last season, but simply put, Rush is too valuable off the bench to mess with.
The Warriors will need a productive year out Barnes to get to the playoffs and starting him is the way to get the most out of him.
Carl Landry is going to be an important member of the Golden State Warriors this season.
Before Landry signed his deal the Warriors, they were left with just Andris Biedrins, Jeremy Tyler and Festus Ezeli in the paint.
Talk about a lack of offense.
The Warriors needed a presence off the bench who can come in and score in the post.
They smartly and luckily signed Landry. They expect him to be their sixth or seventh man as a vital offense threat off the bench.
Landry will be a excellent backup to Lee by replacing the offense that is missing when Lee exits the game. The Warriors now have a legit big man rotation and someone other than a wing player to provide offense off the bench.
Ezeli, the seven-foot center out of Vanderbilt is expected to be Bogut's main backup this year.
He should have a big role in the Warriors front-court, as the other potential centers on the team are Biedrins and Tyler.
The Warriors won't expect Ezeli to make an impact offensively. It's his defense that they are counting on.
He will provide great insurance for Bogut as a tough, physical defender who can rebound and block shots.
He has a great attitude too. Prior to the draft Ezeli stated: (via Realgm.com)
"I really work hard, that's what I do. I'm always going to work to improve. I'm going to do whatever my coaches ask of me to do. Ask my coach, he'll tell you whatever he asked me to do I did. If a coach asks me to run through a wall, that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to play hard for them and I'm going to do my best out on the court."
If the Warriors can get the man who said that every night, they will be very happy.
Kent Bazemore set the NBA Summer League on fire and earned a spot on the big boy team.
How much of an impact he will make is very uncertain.
Bazemore is an elite defender. He even had a seven-block game in a Summer League game. Yes, it's just the Summer League, but they are still playing basketball.
Expect him to make a Dominic McGuire type impact if given the chance.
Finding the right position for Draymond Green to succeed is going to be the biggest problem the Warriors have for him.
After all that's why he slid into the second round.
Green could end up being a big asset for the Warriors. Green will supply energy and toughness off the bench.
Most importantly, he will bring a winning attitude.
Players that come from Tom Izzo's system in Michigan State know what it takes to win. Green will be no different.
Whether he is diving for a loose ball, defending the opponent's top player or pulling down rebounds, Green will make the most out his time on the floor no matter what position he plays.
Minutes will be tough to come by with the talent the Warriors have in the front-court and wing, but Green will make an impact no matter how much or little time he plays.
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