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.