In my continued desire to press for the idea the Warriors biggest need is still in the front line, I want to suggest a player simply to start the dialogue. After Lee and Bogut we are small and green. Actually even Lee is small at PF. If Bogut gets hurt next season we are looking at another tank year. We still need depth possessing length and girth. I want to suggest a player and solicit thoughts from the advanced stat guys on his worthiness and for others to suggest additional players, possibly even deals to get them. I have other players I could suggest but I am not sure my fragile psyche can handle the abuse of several suggestions shot down all at once. ;)
The player I am about to suggest is not necessarily my first choice. It is more driven by my perception of how attainable he might be. He fits my desire for length. Some would say he does not have tremendous girth but unfortunately there are no Shaq's out there. Besides I am looking for a quality, affordable backup, not a starter. He is not a beanpole and he can run the floor pretty well. Life is often about compromises. He is young, has some starter experience (something a draftee cannot give you) and his contract is still reasonably small.
The player? Timofey Mozgov of Denver. Listed at 7'1" he has length and at 250 he is not huge but if he was he would not be able to run the floor like he does. He may be a better fit to the Warrior style in that respect. Right now he seems to be mired down as the third center in the Denver rotation behind Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee. That is why I am hoping he might become available for the right deal. Denver is sort of difficult to figure out regarding any deal. They have a lot of good players with team depth, just no great player. Offering them one of our good (adequate?) pieces with a draft pick might not do it. They don't need more depth or young players via the draft. They may be looking to move several pieces for that blockbuster player. I am not yet ready to offer up Curry or Thompson nor Lee since my premise is to build depth (with some experience) up front, not exchange talent. We might not be able to match what they desire.
Mozgov is making $2.5mil this season and $2.7 next season in the last year of his contract. That can be a positive if he is hungry to prove something for that next contract. Might make him a very effective backup. If he does well he might be worthy enough to re-sign or use as a piece to get something else before the trade deadline next season.
He is a player that interests me. Being in a division with the Lakers the thought that at times we could even try a pair of seven footers against them is enticing. Before I get blasted, I realize you cannot completely expect to equal Bynum and Gasol with Bogut and Mozgov. I am just suggesting narrowing the gap. Remember? Compromises. What they cannot matchup in the half court might be somewhat ameliorated by being able to beat their pair up the floor in transition. Try to challenge their strength by trying to make it a weakness. Speed them up and tire them in a full court game. And then there is the Clippers...
So am I out of my mind? Go ahead, let me have it. If you have better suggestions and how to get there I welcome them. Hopefully the one thing I believe everyone in here agrees with is just wanting the Warriors to get better. If your way works better, I'm good with that.