I mentioned Biedrins in an earlier entry before the barrage of new fanposts today, and I'm curious to see who is under the same or different opinion about Andris Biedrins.
I think Andris has a game that is tailor made for the Warriors and should not be traded. I think he is the best complimentary player in the league for our team. However, in order for him to be the most effective player, and to earn his 9 mil a year(as JAE pointed out) we need to complete the triangle of talent involving Curry, Andris himself, and a scoring power forward who has yet to be determined, but attainable with our available talent.
I see Biedrins as a specialty guy who is worth that kind of money, specifically designed to play alongside a scoring power forward. In turn, such a player would also expose how beautifully Biedrins’ game is made for Curry, as the defensive shift would naturally wear thinner on the perimeter, focusing pressure on the supposed PF, thus making Andris’ agile screens more devastating, allowing Curry to openly stalk the perimeter for a play, or shoot outside at will. Plus the option of a rolling Biedrins is more often realistic for even the low percentage pass due to his excellent hands, and Andris is also a skilled enough to make the 3rd pass after the 4 steps in, reacting to the defense.
In other words, Andris is a point guard’s dream because of his agility, good hands, and high fg% and he’s a scoring big man’s dream, because he does not demand the ball, he’s an unselfish and skilled passer, and he is blessed with the quickness to do most of his damage out of the way, on the perimeter setting picks and rolling without the ball to the weak side. BUT THAT IS IF, since we are here and now, without a scoring PF, it’s harder to see how “excellent” he really is.
His rebounding speaks for itself, and obviously addresses an immediate need for our team as well as the game in general. How many times do you see Biedrins not necessarily pull the board, but tip it out for a fast break, or towards the battling fours on the other side of the paint, allowing them a go at it? One can only imagine, that such a player with more ability than Tolliver(not a knock on him) and more awareness than Randolph( a deliberate knock on him), would more often than not benefit from those guided tips and earn a couple more boards and possessions for our team every game.
I think Andris Biedrins is a keeper and he should be allowed to grow around players that he could make better and in turn could make him better, because that's the ONLY thing young players need to do, get better. He's never going to have that jump shot, and he's never going to dominate the score, but he sure as hell's the man to allow our main guns to do what they do best...thus the gorgeousness and gorgeousity of ever-faithful Warrior, Andris Biedrins.
Out of topic, but for some reason Stephen Curry reminds me a lot of Paul Newman in "Cool Hand Luke" ... I know a lot of you don't know what the hell I'm even talking about, but I thought that'd be a good nickname for him, cuz that boy's as cool as they come...Cool Hand Luke...