Take the pressure off Curry and Thompson


Take the pressure off Curry and Thompson

If you had to rank these items from most important to least important as far as Warriors needs, how would it look? Backcourt depth, overall athleticism, size and rebounding. Kaleo, Bay Area.
Steinmetz: I would put equal importance on a backup point guard and a backup big man. The Warriors need a competent and proven player to play behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and I just dont think theres any way around that.
The Warriors also need a competent and proven player behind Andrew Bogut and David Lee. As far as athleticism, youre right there, too. But perhaps that can be addressed with one or both of those spots.
As Ive written before I think the Warriors need to acquire a guard who can play 20-25 minutes a game because it would take pressure off Curry and Thompson.RELATED: Bringing in point guard a must for the Warriors

Curry is coming off injury and Thompson will be entering Year 2. As for the up front position, it would be great if the Warriors could somehow find a guy like Ekpe Udoh, whom they traded for Bogut in the deal with Milwaukee.
Do you think Andre Iguodala or Danny Granger are realistic options for the Warriors? Rick, Bay Area.
Steinmetz: I think those guys were more realistic last year when the Warriors still had Monta Ellis to dangle. I think both of those players would be a good fit for the Warriors. Question is: What does it take to get them?
Ive got to believe the Warriors have no interest in trading Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee or Andrew Bogut because the Warriors are going forward with that core at this point.
Do the Warriors have enough besides that? Well, certainly theyd have to part with the No. 7 pick and then probably their best player outside of those four. Who is it? Richard Jefferson? Dorell Wright? Neither Brandon Rush nor Dominic McGuire is under contract.RELATED: Seven who might be available at No. 7

So, I dont know if theres a deal there. Heres the other thing: Were talking about two teams that advanced past the first round of the playoffs this past season.
And were talking about two players who were key guys on those teams. Youre going to have to put together something of value to pry one of those players and Im not sure the Warriors have it without parting with someone they dont want to part with.
What do you think about Raymond Felton as a possible additional point guard? Andrew, San Francisco.
Steinmetz: Im not a huge Raymond Felton fan, but Id sure like him more if he were a backup. But I dont think hes ready to be a backup at this point, so I see him as a little unrealistic for the Warriors.
The other thing in a perfect world, that third guard the Warriors would bring in would have some size more like an Andre Miller or Jason Kidd type.
The Warriors are going to need the guard they acquire to defend both guard spots, and thats something Felton cant do. I just dont see Felton as a good fit here.
Talking about a Curry-Thompson backcourt, is it really that much different than a Curry-Ellis backcourt? Sure, Thompson has a bit more size than Ellis, but he didnt exactly prove himself as a defensive stud last year. Consider that and the fact that both Curry and Thompson focus more on the perimeter game, as opposed to scoring in the paint, and do you really have the potential for improvement in the starting 1-2 pairing? Amit, San Jose.
Steinmetz: You bring up a great point about Ellis ability to drive and score at the rim and how Thompson doesnt have that yet. Youre absolutely right. The Warriors could become even more perimeter-oriented next year because of that.
I think the Warriors wanted to get out of the cycle of a team with Monta Ellis taking 20-25 shots a game and trying to win that way. They dont wantneed Thompson to be Ellis, because the Warriors believe everyone else will be able to flourish more without Ellis.
I think the Warriors realize they might have gotten worse in the backcourt with the trade, but in theory they got a lot better up front, too. And I think the Warriors believe it was more important to get better up front.
I do think, however, things have changed overnight for the Warriors. They are now better up front with Lee and Bogut than they are in the backcourt with Curry and Thompson.
Its always been the other way around for the Warriors at least recently.

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

OAKLAND -- Considering their status as reigning champs without a pick, members of the Warriors personnel department could have turned out the lights and left team headquarters to watch the NBA Draft from a nearby tavern.

They instead stayed in business mode Thursday night, observing the draft-night chaos up close, waiting for the right moment and the right player.

And for the second consecutive year, the Warriors paid a team for its 38th overall draft pick, sending a reported $3.5 million to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to Oregon big man Jordan Bell, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

“Everybody we talked to had a lot of good things to say about him,” president/general manager Bob Myers said. “He’s one of the few guys we looked at and really wanted to see if we could get. I actually was not optimistic we would be able to get him. But somehow it came to fruition.”

Myers added that the Warriors, along with many mock drafts, projected Bell as a first-round pick.

Bell led the Pac-12 in field-goal percentage (63.6) while shooting almost exclusively in the paint. The 6-foot-9 center/forward was sixth among Pac-12 rebounders at 8.8 per game and 13th in steals at 1.3 per game.

The Long Beach Poly High product possesses a wingspan a fraction shy of 7-feet and bears, by some accounts, a resemblance to Draymond Green inasmuch as he is a defense-first player with a deep reservoir of energy.

It’s a comparison that Bell, asked about it, embraces.

“Draymond, because people always say I’m undersized,” Bell told Basketball Insiders last month. “He’s one of those players you can’t really say what position he is, but he’s a force on defense.”

Moreover, Myers cited Green as one of the players best suited to mentor Bell.

“Draymond is a good one,” the GM said. “He’s not afraid to tell players what he thinks. He’s going to be a good teacher.”

Bell in three seasons became the Ducks’ all-time leader in blocks. He blocked eight shots in a Midwest Regional win over Kansas that sent Oregon to the Final Four. He became during the NCAA Tournament the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon (in 1985) to snag at least 12 rebounds in five consecutive tournament games.

“Defending is one of my best attributes,” Bell told Basketball Insiders. “Being able to switch 1-through-5. Play small ball. Blocking shots. Timing. Decision-making on offense.”

These are the characteristics that prompted the Warriors to put a red-letter “B” next to Bell’s name on their draft board -- even though his offensive skills are unrefined.

“We love his ability to defend,” Myers said. “He could probably defend most positions, and in the NBA that’s huge. To be able to switch pick-and-rolls, rebound, block shots, finish, there are a lot of boxes he checks.

“ . . . We just like the way he plays basketball. We’ll find a place for him.”

The Warriors also are closing in on a deal for one of Bell’s Oregon teammates. Forward Chris Boucher is expected to sign a two-way contract with the team.

“That’s something we’re trying to move toward,” Myers said of Boucher, who is rehabilitating an ACL surgery.

“But we like players that win. We like players that can play. I don’t care what school they are or what their background is, or what position. Winners. That’s what we’re trying to do, is win. If we end up getting that done, that’s another player that was on a very good team.”

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

The Warriors bought Oregon's Jordan Bell in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. And, they reportedly agreed with another Duck.

Golden State is signing Oregon forward Chris Boucher to a two-way NBA contract after the senior went undrafted, according to Shams Charina of The Vertical.

Boucher, at 6-foot-10 and 200 pounds, averaged 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 31 games for Oregon this past season. He also averaged 2.5 blocks per game and shot 35 percent from beyond the arc. 

Boucher suffered a torn ACL in the Pac-12 semifinals against Cal. 

NBA rosters will grow to 17 players with two-way contracts between the G-League and players will make a guarantee of at least $75,000. Players who sign two-ways contracts can make up to $275,000 depending on how long they are on an NBA roster.