This morning I was reading Henry Abbott's True Hoop, and while this wasn't the point he made, he brought up something that made me think this.
When the Warriors are healthy...Monta, SJax, Crawfish, maybe a trade for Maggette, they will have a ton of talent, we know that. But there is one huge piece we're missing, in my opinion - it's not a point guard, it's not a power forward, it's not a new coach.
We need a glue guy. We lack that player that is extremely effective, but lights up no part of the stat sheet. Every great team has this player: The Spurs have Bruce Bowen, the Suns had Raja Bell, the Celtics and Heat had James Posey.
It's players like these, Houston's Shane Battier epitomizes the glue guy, that really help teams. Players that play defense, do the intangibles, and never try to score unless they are asked to.
I know Nellie likes offense, but look at our lineup:
Monta Ellis/Stephen Jackson/Jamal Crawford/Corey Maggette/Andris Biedrins - Score a lot
Kelenna Azubuike/Marco Belinelli/Anthony Morrow - Score a lot when they play, are inserted to essentially provide an offensive boost.
Brandan Wright/Anthony Randolph - Tons of offensive potential, if we don't see it each game we consider that game a failure by them.
Rob Kurz - Used to stretch the defense because of his perimeter game.
Marcus Williams - Doesn't play, but when he does, chucks up shots.
C.J. Watson - A mid-range happy shoot first PG.
The only player we have close to a Battier/Bowen/Bell type player is Ronny Turiaf, and he doesn't get enough minutes to be that guy for us.
I would gladly trade one or 2 of our 20ppgers (as long as their name doesn't start with "Monta" and end with "Ellis"), for the kind of player who plays 30 minutes a game, maybe doesn't even score in those 30 minutes, but was crucial to the victory. We have too many shooters to go around, and we're like the American Olympic team in 2004 - our surplus of scorers is killing our ball movement.
We need the player who will just pass the ball, only shoot it if wide open, and then rebound and play defense.