The Golden State Warriors have arguably the most entertaining benches in the NBA with their sideline antics and over the top celebrations that would make you think they just won the halftime shot contest. They truly have become the lovable characters of the NBA, but this isn’t probably something to be known for as they have faced immense strueggles this season in putting up points.
Their point production has heavily dropped since last season and has even made Mark Jackson question the reliability of his second unit earlier this season. Also, the nagging injuries to pieces like Jermaine O’Neal have caused the bench to struggle where O’Neal’s numbers don’t exactly mirror his influential impact on the defensive end for the second unit.
However, it should be no one’s surprise the bench has struggled this season with the lost of crucial pieces from last season. Jarrett Jack departing in free agency so the Warriors could add Andre Iguodala to the roster has been haunting the team since the get-go. The Warriors really didn’t address his departure and it has added a big hole that the front office probably didn’t expect to see this season.
Without Jack, the Warriors really only have one ball-handler in Stephen Curry that can make things happen for his teammates and attack the defense by striking the paint like Jack did for them last season.
The bench needs another guard that can relieve Curry when he rests on the bench to keep the opposition’s defense on its feet by penetrating to the hoop. Andre Miller’s name has been floating around as a potential suitor for this role the last couple of days, but the Warriors should look at younger players that could get the job done.
A potential player like Avery Bradley from the Boston Celtics would be perfect as the Celtics are in rebuilding mode and having a fire sale to ship away pieces for future building blocks. Another great player would be J.J. Barea from the Minnesota Timberwolves, who is an almost exact copy of Jack with sharing similar styles of play that fit the Warriors’ offensive schemes. The Warriors would reasonably have a great shot at acquiring either of these players with probably only draft picks being sent away in the trade and both players’ salaries are on the lower end of the spectrum.
The bench mob needs a point guard badly and probably wouldn’t mind adding Bradley or Barea to the party to dance on the sidelines and celebrate threes drained from downtown.