After locking up versatile/do-it-all Rookie F Draymond Green to a 3-year deal; the Warriors signed the final piece we'd all recently been hoping for, Carl Landry. Landry who accepted a fair 2-year deal (w/ a player option for the 2nd-year) adds to the Warriors increasingly deep bench. He isn't the greatest rebounder and he isn't necessarily a banger, but don't be dismayed. What Landry does bring to the table is the ability to score, whether it's under the basket with various post-moves or knocking down jumpers with his mid-range game. The other thing to be happy about with the addition of Landry is the load that he will take off of David Lee and at times, Andrew Bogut, which will reduce wear and tear and maximize what everyone brings to the table. We all imagine Landry filling in for Lee while Ezili/Biedrins rotate in for Bogut, but imagine the trouble a lineup such as Curry/Jack/Klay/Lee/Landry for example could have on opposing teams for stretches during games. I could go on throwing out various lineups to get excited about, but you guys get the point. Versatility on a basketball court provides you with unlimited possibilities. Same with versatility in the depth of your roster.
Critics and analysts alike have knocked the previously mentioned Draymon Green as being too small to play the 4, too slow to play the 3, questioned does he have the range, and overall can he make it in the League? He shut the door on most if not all of those questions during Summer League, but now he can benefit from being in the rotation at the 3 as a banger/rebounder. wih guys like Lee and Landry settling into their comfort zone as scorers either outside the paint or running the P&R. Green could also fill in at the 4 with one of those two moving to the 5 and Rush, RJ, or Barnes at the 3 and the team can run. Again endless possibilities. I don't want to make it sound like Carl Landry is the missing link or anything, but he is a very solid player. In a 5-year career Landry has posted #'s of 12.1 ppg and 5.1 rpg in 25 mpg. The '09-10 season in which he was dealt to Sacramento in a deal for Kevin Martin was the only season he averaged over 30 mpg. He also put up 16.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg. Again pointing out he is not a great rebounder, but for an inside presence, the guy can score.
Check the now presumed re-signing of Brandon Rush of the team's off-season bucket list and the Warriors roster is filling out better than most of us could have envisioned before the draft. These three deals complete a very quiet, albeit extremely successful off-season for the Warriors and give the franchise it's deepest roster since the '07 'WE BELIEVE' campaign and it's best overall roster since the late-80's/early-90's; and again, who really knows what the maximum-potential of this team could be.
As a Warriors fan, I hate preaching about what-ifs because it's been done for too long to no avail and I just expect the worst at this point. So for at least the next few months until the season officially kicks-off I (WE) have something positive to look forward to. For that, I'd like to say kudos to Joe Lacob, Peter Guber, Jerry West, Bob Myers, Larry Riley, Kirk Lacob, Travis Schlenk, and everyone else who has taken part in remaking this roster and "changing the culture" at least on paper in the middle of the summer. It's a phrase that's been preached and thrown around by new ownership since day one and it seems like the tide is finally turning.