Here is an unconventional signing, but think about a backcourt of Iverson and Ellis. Can any Western team, with the exception of the Rockets, keep up with that backcourt? Miami is chasing Odom, Charlotte seems satisfied with Felton, and the Clippers seem to prefer Sessions. He wants to start. He would probably be available for the midlevel exemption for one year. Wouldn't that pretty much lead to a no-lose situation?
When I put up a post on the Warriors being a playoff team many questioned if we had enough talent to compete or a guy to bring us to the next level next year. Iverson is a crunch time scorer who would increase our talent level considerably.
I am quite positive that there will be critics. Iverson did nothing with Detroit. He is not a true point guard. Ellis and Iverson would be a small backcourt that could not guard bigger guards.
Here is my counter, who cares if they are not that good on defense, which team is going to defend them. Maybe Ariza and Brooks with Houston. Just imagine Kidd trying to guard either Iverson or Ellis. Imagine Fisher/ Farmar trying to guard either Iverson or Ellis. The key to winning is making people play your style. Iverson and Ellis with everyone running imposes a style that other teams are going to have to follow. Ellis and Iverson swarming, gambling on passes, creating turnovers and fast breaks. The Warriors are not a defensive team and never will be with their current roster. The goal should be to put together a roster that will put up 110 points/game. There are few teams that can do that. Finally, it fits in with the rest of the team. Jackson can go back to shooting open 3s, along with Morrow, Curry, and Azubuike. Finally, can you imagine Randolph and Biedrins cleaning up the glass and getting feeds from Iverson and Ellis.
Neither Iverson nor Ellis is a true point, but together I think they will do the job. It is closer to having a point than our current situation. The only key problem I foresee is that it might hurt the development of Curry, but I don't think he is a good enough prospect to not take a low risk chance at competing at not just for the playoffs, but perhaps even be a darkhorse for the Championship. The key to winning is forcing teams to play your style and being dominant. If Ginobli is not 100% and the Lakers don't get Odom, the West is a lot more open then it seems with no sure thing. A gimicky, exciting team like the Warriors could have a shot.
Iverson is demanding a place to start and the Warriors are one of the few places that can offer it to him. He is looking for redemption and can probably be gotten for the Midlevel. We are not going to get a good big for the midlevel or a decent point. If we get Boozer by trading Biedrins we would have to change our whole style when we don't have the roster for it. For the midlevel, wouldn't it be worth it just to see what happened? The warriors would probably be on national TV a lot more because people would want to watch. Finally, worse case, we bench him and he says he can't play because of back pain and we lose the midlevel for a year. Iverson and Ellis, tell me you wouldn't want to watch that.