But there aren’t any players like that in the league; none that are attainable, at any rate, you may counter.
There is one player who fits the Warriors bill and who may very well be acquirable: the Rockets’ Donatas Motiejunas. Who in the name of Zeus is that, you ask? Well, for those that missed this year’s Summer League play in Las Vegas, he’s the quick, coordinated seven-foot player who can shoot from anywhere, sets great screens, can rebound, pass and handle with either hand—and he’s riding the pine in Houston.
He’s a good defender, but not a presence in the post, but with Bogut and Ezeli, the Warriors have the luxury to bring his defense along while Ezeli improves his offense.
Most fans don’t put a lot of weight in Summer League play, perhaps justifiably, but it seems that this year’s crop of rookies and second-year players were pretty accurately represented by their play in Vegas.
Bazmore blocked seven shots in a game and he can defend, Thompson dominated when relied upon to do so, Damian Lillard was special and Harrison Barnes showed he had a much more complete game than his draft placement would have alluded to.
And as was evident in his Summer League play, Motiejunas could be a special player. He can shoot a three well, but generally posts up strong. He can shoot a jump hook with either hand, and perhaps most important for the Warriors, he’s a basketball player.
The Warriors, much like the Grizzlies and Spurs, are a team made up of basketball players. Lee, Landry, Bogut, Curry, Green, Jack, Thompson and even their best athlete in Barnes, they are basketball players who are athletes in a league where many are athletes who play basketball.
Motiejunas fits the former mold well, and he would be a great fit for the Warriors.
He could probably be acquired for some combination of Andris, Jeremy Tyler and/or a lower first-round draft pick.
Will Donatas Motiejunas give the Warriors a game-changing big man coming off the bench? In ways, yes. He can score well, has great hands, can pass and set picks, and that’s the only thing the Warriors are really missing on this team, short of a big-name draft pick the league has already anointed a star.
The Warriors aren’t going to be getting one of those for a while, so they need to make smart acquisitions on players already in the league and luck out on the next Ginobili when they can.
Bob Myers, now it’s up to you to do that voodoo that you do.