5. Joe Harris
In the pace-and-space era, no player has benefited more from this league-wide shift in playstyle than Joe Harris.
When he entered the NBA as a second round draft pick for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Harris didn’t have much value to the team. He was never going to receive meaningful minutes on a franchise looking to compete for a title and his skills as a 3-point shooter weren’t fully recognized yet.
Fast forward to 2017 when Curry’s impact on the game officially caught up to the rest of the league and the need for a 3-point specialist become critical. Harris capitalized on this to the full extent by being a marksman for the Brooklyn Nets.
Last season, Harris drilled nearly 200 total 3-pointers on a scorching hot 47.4 percent clip. This year, he is still clicking on above 40 percent of his catch-and-shoot opportunities despite opposing defenses keying in on him.
There is no reason the Warriors wouldn’t want to add Harris to their artillery. The only issue will be convincing him to sign for the MLE, which is lower than his current salary of $7 million a year. Perhaps an opportunity to sign a one-year deal with the Dubs then hit the market next summer when the financial impact of COVID has subsided will be enough to get a deal done.