After an offseason where they held workouts with the likes of Derrick Favors, Dewayne Dedmon and most notably Dwight Howard, the Golden State Warriors have seemingly gone in a different direction ahead of training camp.
The Warriors will have multiple players fight for their vacant 14th roster spot in training camp, but none will be taller than the 6’8″ Rudy Gay who could, at a stretch, be another small-ball five option in the Golden State system.
Veteran forward Draymond Green has dropped a slight hint on the value of adding another big to the Golden State Warriors roster.
Last month The Athletic’s Anthony Slater outlined that “an extra wing” is the priority for the Warriors, with the franchise also set to take a greater look at Rodney McGruder, Javan Johnson and Donovan Williams during training camp.
However, veteran Draymond Green dropped a slight hint to the front office during his media day press conference on Monday, suggesting another big wouldn’t hurt the Warriors chances of a fifth NBA championship in the last decade.
"“They say we didn’t have enough size in 2022 and we won. I’ve been told I wasn’t the right size forever and I’ve won….In saying that, I’m not totally against adding another big”, Green said."
While Green firmly believed Golden State could win with the squad they’ve got, and added that Mike Dunleavy Jr. has done “an incredible job of filling impossible shoes”, the 33-year-old looked at their second-round loss to the Los Angeles Lakers as a series where they could have done with more size.
"“Would a big be beneficial to us? I don’t see it hurting us. I think it could add a benefit. The Lakers are huge, that’s who we lost to..doesn’t mean we’re necessarily going to lose again if we don’t get the size, but it may help.”"
The Warriors did add center options during the offseason, including Croatian Dario Saric who will enter as the tallest player on the training camp roster at 6’10”. Golden State also drafted Trayce Jackson-Davis at the 57th overall pick and signed former first-round pick Usman Garuba to a two-way contract.
The 6’6″ Green will undoubtedly be asked to again play large minutes at the five where he’s redefined the game over the last decade. The former Defensive Player of the Year is currently battling an ankle sprain and is expected to miss the start of the regular season as a result.