Man it's been awhile since I've written a fan post but I feel this off-season has definitely been one to remember with several transactions already taking place this:
- Signed Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine as a new assistant coach.
- Were close to winning the Dwightmare sweepstakes.
- Traded away three expiring contracts to players (Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush) that were not much of a positive factor last season (and most likely would not had been back after the upcoming season) for cap space.
- With that cap space, we came to an agreement with all-star caliber player Andre Iguodala on a 4 year/$48 million deal.
Now we have depth all over the place except in two areas: backup lead guard and center with the ability to play power forward. My two choices to fill those positions would be Charles Jenkins and Byron Mullens. If we were to add those two, this is how I would see our depth chart.
PG - Stephen Curry / Charles Jenkins / Nemanja Nedovic
SF - Harrison Barnes / Andre Iguodala
I think the main question for everyone is this:
WHY IS ANDRE IGUODALA NOT STARTING?!
It's quite simple for me. The Warriors needed veteran leadership and consistency coming off of a bench that will be dreadfully young especially with guys like Kent Bazemore that will be asked to play many more meaningful minutes early especially with Brandon Rush's departure to Utah. Andre Iguodala is that answer:
|Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert||Bench Press||Lane Agility||3/4 Court Sprint||Class Rank|
|6' 5.75"||6' 6.75"||217||6' 11"||8' 9.5"||NA||30.5||34.5||4||11.17||3.18||38|
Andre Iguodala has become known for being that guy with the skill set to be a top tier scorer in the league but enjoys being an elite defensive specialist as well as an exceptional playmaker. This is a great as he can be everything and more than an ISO-Jack was for us last season (no offense) which would help with the development of our young wings as they can see a professional that has become a proven winner go to work.
I put Steph Curry, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson and Byron Mullens' names in bold as I feel there games will be impacted in a positive way with the addition to Iggy. Steph would be able to rest much more and play off the ball more with Iggy who is a pass first player handling some of the ball handling duties. Klay Thompson would no longer be our best defender which means he would not ALWAYS have to contain the likes of Kobe, Dwyane Wade, and Westbrook throughout the season which I think wore him down leading to inconsistent offensive games from him. Harrison Barnes could learn a lot from Iggy about how to use his athleticism to its full potential (I think Harrison has the potential to be much more athletic than Iggy if he keeps working but you can all debate on that.) Byron Mullens would look how Spencer Hawes looks in Philly before Iggy left which would help him dramatically (not to mention he can learn a little bit from David Lee!).
I also think a versatile player like Iggy could play a Lamar Odom type role for us the same way he was when he played for the Lakers. A walking triple double off the bench would do wonders for this team which would still allow minutes for our young guns. If Barnes and Klay can get 30-34 minutes a night, Iggy can get most of their leftovers leading to a strong three wing rotation. I think Iggy knew what he was joining when he signed here with two young wings still on the rise here and if we can get him to become a sixth man this team will be much better down the line.