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After Curry, Andrew Bogut is the most important player on Golden State.
The center position for Golden State will be the X-factor in determining how deep of a run they make next year. All of the Warriors’ centers are talented and play their roles well but are either coming off an injury or dealing with a history of injury problems. Their health is just as important as Curry’s.
It all starts with Andrew Bogut. Not coincidentally, Golden State was playing their best basketball when he was playing at full strength and full confidence. Bogut is the defensive presence down low that the Bay Area has been craving for years and his above-average court vision and post game only makes him that much more valuable.
If he finally gets over the injury hurdle, Bogut can re-achieve his elite status and take the Warriors to new heights.
Ezeli would likely be the backup center, but is recovering from surgery and is expected to miss the first month or two of the season. As a result, O’Neal slides into the second-string spot.
O’Neal’s career has seen a small resurgence as he became a much more efficient player after leaving Boston. While his knees will prevent him from being the player he ever was, he still posted 15.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per 36 minutes in Phoenix (courtesy of Basketball-Reference). He is perfectly suited for limited minutes and brings experience matched by very few in the league today.
Ezeli is with the Warriors to do three things—defend, rebound and defend some more. His post game is still very raw but there’s a reason the Warriors bought a first-round pick to get him. He had a positive rookie year and will try to continue to establish himself as a dangerous shot-blocker.
Finally, Golden State can give Speights some time at the 5 as well. Though his natural position is at power forward, he's a serviceable backup should something happen to Bogut.