Are the Golden State Warriors Better Without Stephen Jackson?
If you were to ask last year if the Golden State Warriors were better off without Stephen Jackson and Baron Davis? You'd get an answer like to the extent of this "you must be crazy" or "you're out of your mind."
This year things change. Davis has been gone and now it seems like Jackson is taking the route that Al Harrington took when leaving Golden State and that is letting their emotions get the best of them.
Apparently in tonight's contest against the Los Angeles Lakers, Jackson had some words with Don Nelson who sent him to the locker room early. Jackson played only nine plus minutes, had five fouls, and a technical foul.
It's not like Jackson isn't the type of person who wears his emotions on his sleeve. It has gotten him in trouble before and it will again. Now, don't get me wrong Jackson has come along way since the incident in Indiana and he's helped out his image with his work in the community in Oakland as well as in his home town of Port Arthur, Texas.
I remember what reading about what he did in the community when he was suspended for the first seven games of the season. Another offering by Jackson was to be there for Matt Barnes when he lost a loved one.
At this point in time it looks like Jackson's stay as a Warriors is all but done. Again as I shown before just like how Harrington acted.
The question then becomes are the Warriors better off without Jackson? Well defensively you would struggle to say no, but offensively you'd definitely say yes. Although, not really entirely Jackson's fault offensively last year.
How Jackson hurts the Warriors offensively is the fact that he takes questionable shots and most often from beyond the arc. He'll also force the issue especially when he feels like he was fouled on a previous possession. The other problem for Jackson was that last year he had to handle the ball way too much and he turned the ball over, but most of the time it was forced passes that he should have never made in the first place.
Right now the Warriors need another big man especially with the loss of Brandan Wright for most of the season. Jackson is no longer needed and Warriors fans know that there's a plethora of guards for the Warriors.
But, the biggest problem that arises is the length of the contract Jackson has and the amount of money that is owed to him. A question becomes who's a willing trading partner for Jackson especially if they are trying to sign the big name free agents that are on the market after the season?
There was one rumor that was floating around that I read, but it didn't really make sense. It was to trade Jackson to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Zydrunas Ilgauskus, but that won't happen considering the fact that on the front page of yahoo there was a story stating that Ilaguskus may retire.
Now it becomes more of a question of what are the Warriors are going to do? At this point in time they need to trade him for a big man with a expiring contract. Mikki Moore is not the answer for the Warriors, he's looked horrible so far in the preseason.
Once Jackson is gone it somewhat cleans up the mess in the backcourt. If Jackson is traded here's a lineup that makes the most sense:
Sixth Man: Stephen Curry
That's the best lineup in my opinion for the Warriors. Maggette takes over the scoring load that was vacated by Jackson. Although, Maggette is't the defender that Jackson is, Maggette is better and getting to the free throw line and has is a proven scorer in the league.
Having that lineup on the court if Jackson continues to show this kind of attitude is better than having Jackson in the lineup. The only hope for Warrior fans is if Jackson figures out it will be better for him to go out and play hard then making a scene because that also will hurt him and his trade value.
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