10. Willey Cauley-Stein defense
One of the main players that the Golden State Warriors signed this summer was Willie Cauley-Stein. The athletic seven-footer hasn’t done much with his NBA career yet but has all the potential in the world to be a productive two-way player.
WCS has the physical tools needed to have a profound impact on the game. He has a big frame with elite jumping ability and good foot speed for his position. He is already excellent at finishing around the rim when given a chance, but his defense could use some work.
To be blunt, Cauley-Stein is one of the worst rim protectors in the entire league. Finishing last season with just 51 total blocks, WCS has averaged less than a block in each of the last three seasons.
The Warriors will be relying on someone to step in and protect the rim. If Cauley-Stein fails to do this, he won’t last long on the floor. Hopefully, WCS finally takes his defensive game to the next level.