When the Warriors brought in Kevin Durant four years ago, they saw a few of their veterans like Leandro Barbosa leave.
While the switch was a win-win for Golden State given Barbosa’s age, the Warriors will be missing that veteran presence on the first true title-contending team in the Bay Area that won’t feature Kevin Durant.
Marco Belinelli gives them a dynamic, go-to scorer for their second unit. He’s by no means the answer to all their problems, but he is a low-cost, efficient offensive threat.
Having played in the league for 12 years, Belinelli averaged his fewest points per game since his rookie season with the Spurs this past year. His percentage drops, and he just didn’t play overly well.
The Belinelli stock should be low and rightfully so. The 34-year-old becomes a target only if the team feels he won’t be a liability defensively. While he’s not an elite defender, Belinelli’s experience makes him a bit better than the traditional almost 35-year-old.
Again, like with Baynes, his shooting is what helps separate him. He’s averaging 1.4 threes per game for his career and almost 38% from deep. He’s the type of low-profile player the Warriors could easily put to good use this next season.