Why Isn't Andris Biedrins on the Trading Block?

K ShakranSenior Analyst IDecember 19, 2009

PHOENIX - OCTOBER 30:  Andris Biedrins #15 of the Golden State Warriors during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on October 30, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Warriors 123-101.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors own a 7-17 record (including a recent three-game skid), while their 69-year old coach is getting more paychecks piling up congratulating him on his tremendous efforts for building a losing squad.

Consequently, it's fair to claim that every player on the roster is under scrutiny; including the man of the show, Monta Ellis. There's not much debate there.

However, if the Warriors have decided to temporarily put Anthony Randolph on the trading block, why can't they do the same with Andris Biedrins?

As Baron Davis decided to book his ticket to sign a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers two summers ago, Biedrins and Ellis were considered the future cornerstones of the Warriors.

Little did they know, however, that the Warriors and "success" rarely make an appearance under the spotlight.

Biedrins, the latest product out of Latvia in the NBA, seems to have hit the ceiling in terms of what he can offer to the team.

The 6'11'' center can be a valuable asset to any team in the NBA with his consistent rebounding, energy, determination, and lovable personality.

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But his on-the-court flaws outweigh his positive impact on a team.

Biedrins has the tendency to disappear against low-post established centers such as Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, and Chris Kaman (just to name a few). As a result, his whole game collapses along with the defensive production he provides.

In addition, the Warriors starting center does not possess the ability to post up on the low block, which stands as a major hurdle for a team that has had no low-post threat in over six years.

Biedrins' major upside lies with his understanding of how to run the pick and roll. However, that's not what this ailing team necessarily desires with their big men.

The Warriors need a major low post threat to be able to match up against dominating opposing forwards and centers.

Last year, Biedrins only scored four points outside the paint. That is an indicator that Biedrins acknowledges his strengths, but also limits his game tremendously due to the fact that he has no real "go-to" move or post-up ability. His points majorly consist of put back dunks and pick-and-roll plays.

Most importantly, Biedrins will not make any major contributions beyond what he is doing at the moment. He has reached his maximum potential, unless he learns the intricacies of being a top-tier center in the league.

So, if the Warriors are willing to part ways with Anthony Randolph—a future superstar—why can't Biedrins be included in a deal to land a low-post threat?

Only Don Nelson knows the answer to that, but the 69-year old revelation doesn't come cheap.

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