The Warriors front office said they would get a small forward this offseason, and it appears they will keep that promise.
They got rid of Corey Maggette, Kelenna Azubuike, and Anthony Randolph, opening up an empty gap at the position.
Now Golden State will likely part ways with smooth shooting Anthony Morrow (who will probably sign with New Jersey) and go for an upgrade in athleticism instead - Dorell Wright.
Wright is young, tall, athletic, and has the skills to compete at both ends of the floor.
When Miami drafted the kid out of South Kent Prep, they envisioned a scoring force at the three position who could turn into a nice compliment for Dwyane Wade.
He's only 24. And in the Warriors system of Nelly ball, who knows, Wright might live up to his potential, which has so far eluded him.
Right now, the Warriors starting lineup doesn't look bad. There's finally a little reason for optimism.
The potential starters:
Andris Biedrins: it's hard to believe that the Latvian is only 24 years old. He's coming off of his worst statistical season in three years, but injuries had a big role in his low production. He's still the same active seven footer who put up 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks two seasons ago. If Biedrins can stay healthy, he should become the efficient player he was in 2008, especially with the help of David Lee down low.
David Lee: finally an inside presence that scores, rebounds, hustles, and, most importantly, runs. If Lee continues to play like an All-Star, he could be the first Warrior to achieve that feat since Latrell Sprewell! Lee is a rebounding machine and a solid finisher around the rim. The new duo inside should excel when the new Warriors lineup starts to gel.
Dorell Wright: he's an explosive athlete with the size to pose matchup problems for other teams. He's not the best decision maker or passer, but we should expect a breakout year from Wright offensively in a scheme that gives players a lot of freedom. His size also makes him a very good defender, bringing back memories of Mickael Pietrus (but Wright is definitely more gifted offensively).
Monta Ellis: unless the Warriors decide they want to shop Ellis, Monta will continue to be the spark plug that is Golden State basketball. Ellis will benefit tremendously from the acquisitions of Lee and Wright. He is relentless with the ball and can get to the rim at will. Monta should create a lot of open looks for the two new faces around the rim.
Stephen Curry: Curry showed he was worthy of the hype as a rookie last season and he will only get better as his career progresses. He has one of the purest strokes in the game and is becoming a very capable guard. With Monta and Wright slashing, and Lee putting in work in the paint, Steph should get more open looks to display that effortless jumper.
They are young and inexperienced as a group, but the talent and potential is there for the Warriors to compete.
The Warriors have holes must be filled and the team must play with a greater sense of urgency on the defensive side.
But the eventful offseason in Oakland has the Golden State lineup loaded with potential.
We'll see if they can live up to it this time around.
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