The Golden State Warriors have upgraded their backup point guard position by signing Shaun Livingston. Livingston, the former Brooklyn Net and Los Angeles Clipper, signed a three-year, $16 million contract to join the Golden State Warriors.
Realistically, Livingston moves into the backup point guard role, but bringing in Livingston could have major implications on Klay Thompson’s future.
Livingston is six-foot, seven-inches tall. Thompson is the same height. Livingston is coming off a 76-game season, his career high and though his numbers of 8.3 points, 3.2 assists, and 3.2 rebounds are not eye-popping, his impact was felt in all facets of the game. In the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, Livingston outplayed Dwyane Wade on both ends of the floor.
Livingston posses a lot of similar attributes as Thompson, and the fact that Livingston can play both the point and shooting guard position means that if Thompson is dealt in the Love trade, then his loss would not be as severe. Livingston, much like Thompson, is long and athletic. Both have long arms and wingspans especially for backcourt players.
Thompson is a slightly better post defender, holding opponents to only 36 percent shooting from the post. Livingston holds opponents to a 41% field goal percentage from the post. Like Thompson, Livingston is a good isolation defender and both players give smaller guards fits because of their size.
The Warriors seem to be hesitant to give up Thompson in the Kevin Love trade, but by bringing in a long, guard in Livingston who is capable of playing both positions the Warriors may be able to give up on Thompson and not fear of a huge production drop-off.