Following a poor season, the Golden State Warriors have worked hard this offseason to improve their roster. This includes signing Dario Saric and acquiring veteran and future Hall of Famer Chris Paul in exchange for promising guard Jordan Poole.
The Warriors, on the other hand, still have a few roster places open and will be trying to acquire one or two players who can contribute in areas where they may be regarded thin. There are plenty options for incoming general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. to fill out this roster.
Adding a shot-blocker
Defending against bigs for a full 48 minutes was a major issue for the Warriors this season. With Kevon Looney as the team’s sole genuine big last season, Golden State played small much of the time, leaving them vulnerable to being beaten up on the interior. The Warriors will need to fight and beat teams with offensive and aggressive big men in the Western Conference. Golden State was harmed by centers such as Nikola Jokic and DeAndre Ayton throughout the regular season, while Anthony Davis crushed them inside, guiding the Los Angeles Lakers to a second-round series victory.
Although the Warriors signed Dario Saric this week, the team should consider signing a more defensive-minded center. Nerlens Noel, Bismack Biyombo, Serge Ibaka, Gorgui Dieng, and Tristan Thompson are still available and might be good matches. Although these instances may not pop out at you, their roles on the squad could be extremely beneficial to rim protection.
The Warriors will not have to rely as heavily on veteran Looney with the addition of another rim protector.
Need wing scoring
During their series against the Lakers, it was clear that the Warriors needed wing depth. Their Andrew Wiggins-less minutes were difficult on both sides of the ball since there was no proper bench wing behind him. So far, the Warriors have not sought to improve in this area, since third-year players Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody are anticipated to play larger roles this season.
However, the Warriors’ championship teams were always made up of interchangeable parts. Wings off the bench like Andre Iguodala, Otto Porter Jr., Shaun Livingston, and Leandro Barbosa contributed significantly to the team’s success. Former Golden State bench players, unlike Kuminga and Moody, were usually veterans who could be counted on to do the right thing on the court.
Is this reason enough to bench Moody and Kuminga? No, but it may be necessary to fill the remaining roster place with a wing scorer capable of scoring quickly. Rudy Gay, Terrence Ross, Wesley Matthews, Will Barton, TJ Warren, and Kelly Oubre Jr. are all names the Warriors should consider. Although they cannot rely on these players for significant minutes, they could profit from signing a low-minute, high-production scorer.
There are a lot of various possibilities for a team like Golden State that is attempting to contend, with lots of fascinating minimum players still available. In 2022, these minor adjustments may have meant the difference between a championship and an early playoff exit. Hitting on these kinds of movements could mean the difference in a very wild west this season.