Golden State Warriors: Forwards That Should Be On the Radar
The Golden State Warriors has been one of the worst teams in the league this year.
The possibility of Golden State making the playoffs are very slim so the Warriors should be looking forward to this June.
With a powerful backcourt in Stephen Curry alongside Monta Ellis, the Warriors are not in need of any guard. The forward position is what needs to be taken care of. The Warriors currently have two forwards that can really play some basketball in Brandon Wright and Ronny Turiaf. But neither of them is playing right now due to injury.
The Warriors like to push the tempo, relying on their frontcourt to run up and down the floor on every possession.
Well this year that’s what they lack, and with the draft featuring many athletic forwards the right move would be attack the position need early.
Here are the top forwards in the draft.
Cousins’ is a very versatile player. He can set up outside the painted area, face up and drive. Usually works out-works the defender for the score.
Not only is he blessed with the size to play forward but he can play center as well. Cousins’ has a 6’11’’ frame that he uses to advantage. You’ll see him out-muscling players in the paint and get the easy basket.
You’ll always catch Cousins’ in the paint fighting for the rebound.
Play defense relatively well, and likes to play in an up-tempo offense. Cousins’ can run the court and finish in transition. Has some ball-handing skills that he uses when taking defenders to the rim, and finishes despite a foul.
Golden State acquiring DeMarcus Cousins’: B+
Donatas is a great offensive force down low. Has good range for a player of his size and it’s still improving.
However this lengthy forward is no match for the Golden State Warriors.
Donatas is not use to the up-tempo style that the Warriors play. During games Donatas takes his occasional plays off, getting back slow and not playing physical defense. Down the stretch he is known to take some lazy jump shots, or throw errant passes and remember he isn’t always playing at a face pace.
The Warriors have enough problems with their roster. Bringing a player such as Donatas wouldn’t fit at all. When other players are not in the lineup many players are needed to play big minutes with little break.
Donatas Motiejunas to the Golden State Warriors: C-
Greg Monroe is a very athletic four man. Greg has been blessed with the all-around pedigree of a special basketball player. Greg has ball-handling skills of a guard at 6’10’’.
Greg has the ability to knock down the jumper well outside the paint. Greg likes to drive out of the triple threat position and is quicker than most four men in the country meaning he beats his defender off the dribble more often than not.
But the offensive side is only part of Monroe’s game. Greg is not a ball-hungry big man. He prefers things to come to him, he doesn’t force the action but when presented with the opportunity he can dominate the post. Greg understands with or without the ball he has the chance to influence the game.
Not to mention, Monroe has the vision of a guard with good passing ability. Is good at passing out of the post and likes to set other players up.
Greg has a 7’2’’ wingspan; virtually meaning you can lob the ball over the defenders’ hand and can expect him to catch it.
This would probably be the best fit for the Warriors because Monroe has all the qualities of a Golden State player. Monroe can stretch the floor, create offense, add size to their frontline, and bring some defensive intensity to a very offensive team.
Greg Monroe to the Golden State Warriors: A
Wes John is a 6’7’’ forward/guard. Wesley Johnson can play the 2 guard well, which shows you his versatility.
Has the great leaping ability that allows him to play above the rim.
Wesley Johnson has the range to step out and make that NBA three pointer but loves the mid-range game. Run him off a pick and expect him to be very aggressive with his offensive ability.
On the defensive end is always around the paint hustling for the rebound. Has the ability to play on ball defense and lock down a defender. Johnson plays smart and is a player that likes to share the basketball.
Wesley Johnson can add another wing threat to the Warriors. Fatigue is not a problem for Johnson as he is always in shape and ready to run the court.
Wesley Johnson to the Golden State Warriors: A-
Derrick Favors’ is an offensive freak. He can do so much on the offensive end it’s amazing. Has tremendous leaping ability and is always looking for the alley-oop pass. Very good footwork in the post, with a variety of post moves that he use effectively.
Favors’ has a ton of potential. Over this season the weight room has been his best friend. Favors’ has been getting stronger and his range is also improving. Can shoot from up to 18 feet.
Derrick is the man to always follow his shot. He strives on both the offensive side of the ball as well as the defensive side of the ball.
Favors’ to the Warriors would be a good fit but he lacks the post skills and isn’t NBA ready yet. He still has things to improve on. Things such as: passing ability, ball-handling skills, fatigue, and his work ethnic.
Derrick Favors to the Golden State Warriors: D+
My Choice: Greg Monroe
With Monroe in the lineup, projected rotation:
G – Stephen Curry
G – Monta Ellis
F – Corey Maggette
F – Ronny Turiaf
C – Andris Biedrins
Bench: (Key Subs)
G – Raja Bell
F – Brandon Wright
F – Greg Monroe