Before the Golden State Warriors can return on the path to greatness, they need to bolster their second unit and add depth.
Strength in numbers. That’s the Golden State Warriors motto and the slogan they have lived by since they began their dynastic run last decade. Now, more than ever, the Warriors will have to live up to their name.
Over the years, plenty of excellent role players have filled in for the Dubs. Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes, Leandro Barbosa, Marreese Speights, Shaun Livingston and of course, 2015 Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala.
Aside from Barnes, all of those players had one thing in common: They were experienced veterans who embraced their roles. This trait proved to be crucial in key moments of playoff series as the Dubs depth overwhelmed teams constantly.
As of now, the Warriors do not have this type of reassurance on their bench. The oldest player in the second unit would be Marquese Chriss or Kevon Looney, who have both spent less than five years in the league.
At 32 years of age, Stephen Curry is the oldest member of the Warriors roster. This will not be an ideal situation for the Dubs as they embark on another deep playoff run next season.
The offseason will be key to rebuilding this dynasty. The 2020 NBA Draft obviously has direct implications on the future of the franchise but free-agency will be more pivotal to determining if the Warriors can win a championship next season or not.
Plain and simple, the Dubs cannot afford to miss in the offseason. They need to target high-quality free agents while working under a tight budget. Their best option may be to orchestrate a few trades as their $17 million dollar trade exception from Iggy opens up some cap space.
Who exactly would the Warriors go after? Well, any experienced player that they can acquire for a reasonable price. Big names such as Marcus Smart and Dennis Schroder could become available in trade talks while free agents like Alec Burks, Davis Bertans and Aron Baynes could find themselves on the Dubs radar.
Whoever it may be, it’s clear the Warriors need to go after somebody. Golden State’s bench needs an upgrade before it can be relied upon.