Category Archives: Player Analysis

The Next Big Move

No, I’m not referring to today’s invitation of Vernon Goodridge to training camp. It’s tough to know what to make of this move: I think its probably a standard invitation to someone who’s unlikely to make the roster.  Perhaps it also increases the pressure ever so slightly on Anthony Tolliver. But Goodridge is something that Tolliver is not: a guy who can give you a couple of minutes at center, a shot blocker, and a defensive player with athleticism and quick feet. From his tape I don’t see much offensive potential at the NBA level, although he does run the floor and catch alley oops.  My chief thought on this invitation is “What in the world has happened to Chris Hunter?”  Anyone know?  I thought he proved he was an NBA player last year.

But let’s get back to The Next Big Move.  I sense one coming.  My spidey sense has been tingling ever since the Warriors signed Jannero Pargo, just like it tingled when the Warriors moved Corey Maggette, and I immediately predicted a blockbuster move for a power forward. (I thought it might be Stoudemire, but I’m ecstatic that it’s David Lee.)

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Warriors Sign Jannero Pargo

Two years, $2.4 million.  Does that meant $1.2 million per year?  If so, this is an incredible pickup for the Warriors, one that makes giving up CJ Watson at $4 million per a no-brainer.

Jannero Pargo is a quintessential Nellie backup point guard, quick as a dart, nice three point shot (35%), great at the free throw line (86%), good handle.

He is also a savvy veteran, and a clutch shooter, who had a great playoff run backing up Chris Paul with the Hornets a couple of years ago.

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How Do I Love Lee?

Let me count the ways. — E. B. Browning

Don Nelson, Larry Riley and the Golden State Warriors have just pulled off a trade for an all-star power forward, a trade that will define the next era of Warriors’ basketball.  And in the fashion typical of our wonderful Bay Area media, it was greeted by yawns and derision.  Some of these esteemed commentators, and their bellowing herds of followers, even arrived at the conclusion that the Warriors LOST this trade.  In their minds, because it was executed by the “old regime,” without the approval of the new owners, then it can’t be good.  And because Anthony Randolph is merely 21, while David Lee is all of 27, then Randolph automatically has a bigger upside than the all-star Lee.

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Two Wrights and a Roster

Doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to post on the Lee trade until after the tournament; apologies to those who have been checking back for it.  I just have too much to do on my days off here: friends to catch up with, summer league games to catch.  And of course, the matter of returning my focus to where it’s needed most.  Several posts on the Warriors moves are coming soon, though, I promise.  I have too much to say to dog it. Continue reading

David Lee to Warriors? Playoffs, baby!

The move for an impact big man for which Nellie has been angling for two years appears to be close to fruition.  Marcus Thompson reports that the Knicks and Warriors are close to a deal that would send Anthony Randolph and a couple of lesser Warriors for David Lee in a sign and trade.

My initial reaction is Whoopee!  I could barely believe that we might land Lee for Monta Ellis, but if we can land him while retaining Monta I believe that we are an instant playoff team, and are in for an incredibly exciting season.

I will expand on this if the trade actually goes down, but here’s a thumbnail of my feelings about Lee: An exceptional pick and roll partner for Stephen Curry, a relentless rebounder, and a very underrated defender, who I believe simply needs to be paired with a shot blocker — as opposed to being left on an island in the middle (as he was by the Knicks) — in order to become recognized as a good defender.  And finally, finally, a power forward who will gladly accept the assignment to bang with the Gasols and Duncans of the league.  Finally.

If the trade goes down as reported, the Warriors will still have shotblockers  to pair with Lee.  Biedrins and Udoh at the least.  Assuming of course, that Udoh is healthy by the start of the season.  (Will these ridiculous injuries ever stop?)

Stephen Curry, Rookie of the Year

I believe that Stephen Curry is the only correct choice for NBA rookie of the year.  My arguments are posted in this piece on Golden State of Mind.  Comment here or there as you like, I will be checking both.

Some Random Thoughts

Anthony Morrow:  Before you get too excited about Morrow’s lights-out shooting in the Hornets game, take a look at what Stojakovich, Mo Pete and Marcus Thornton did against him.  The Warriors were fortunate that the Hornets gave Posey as many minutes as they did, so that he had a stiff to guard for 20 minutes.

How do you know that you are not an NBA defender?  When you get assigned the stiff, and the random D-league call-up gets assigned the tough cover.

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Pre-Game Jitters: Stephen Jackson’s Return

Stephen Jackson is returning to the Oracle with the Charlotte Bobcats.  No doubt the Warriors faithful will be letting him have it.  But I would not boo him myself if I were at this game.  I have a very strong admiration for Jackson as a basketball player, that was not diminished by the actions he took to separate himself from the Warriors.     Continue reading

Monta Ellis, Superstar: Warriors 108 Kings 101

Mysteriously, for most of this game Sacramento played very little of the double and triple teaming zones that the rest of the league has been been employing against Monta Ellis.  And for most of this game, Monta made them pay the price with ruthless efficiency.  Driving the ball again and again, Monta scored on 15 of 29 attempts and got himself to the line for 8-8 free throws, on his way to 39 points.

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Roster Analysis: The Bench Players

Corey Maggette

The Warriors’ sixth man could be getting set for a big year.  After a year in Nellie’s system, and hopefully injury free, I expect Maggette to start this year as fast as he started last year slow.   Continue reading