Livingston praises new teammates, wants to 'take next step'

Livingston praises new teammates, wants to 'take next step'
July 3, 2014, 1:15 pm
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The guard play is outstanding, one of the best guard duos in the NBA.
Shaun Livingston on Stephen Curry-Klay Thompson

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At 6-foot-7, Shaun Livingston plays primarily at the point but also is able to play off the ball, allowing the Warriors some flexibility with starters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

Indeed, the opportunity to play with Curry and Thompson was a huge factor in Livingston's decision to come to the Warriors.

"The guard play is outstanding, one of the best guard duos in the NBA," he said over the phone. "And I've known (forward Andre) Iguodala for years; he basically grew up down the street from me. I'm a fan of his game, his IQ for the game. It's the same with (center Andrew) Bogut. I'm looking forward to getting together with my new teammates."

Livingston, who agreed to a three-year deal just north of $16 million, with the third year only partially guaranteed, also is a solid defender, capable of guarding three positions.

His vagabond career – the Warriors are his ninth NBA team in 10 seasons – traces back to a catastrophic knee injury sustained in February 2007 as a member of the Clippers. The injury was so severe and comprehensive that at least one physician would not dismiss the possibility of amputation.

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His work last season, however, was the best of his career. It made Livingston a hot commodity on the free agent market. He's a strong ball-handler, a good playmaker and penetrator. He continues to work on improving his outside shot.

"Being able to be more of a threat on the perimeter, that's the next step," he said. "If I can improve my perimeter, that's going to be a shock to everybody. But not really shocking to me because I believe in myself and know I can get better."