No. 2: Dario Saric is invaluable
When the Golden State Warriors won the 2022 NBA Finals over the Boston Celtics, they did so with a veteran stretch-big in Otto Porter Jr. Last season they signed JaMychal Green to fill that role and he could not; Green is currently out of the league entirely. This summer's signing of Dario Saric appears to be a return to the potency the Warriors enjoyed with Porter two seasons ago.
When Saric takes the court the Warriors are instantly 4.2 points per 100 possessions better than when he is off the court (per Cleaning the Glass). He is first of all comfortable shooting the ball, hitting 38.6 percent of his 3-pointers. He is thriving both as a spot-up shooter and as a pick-and-pop partner with Chris Paul and Stephen Curry.
He isn't simply a shooter, however, as Saric has proven capable of catching on the short roll and making a play (he is averaging four assists per 36 minutes) and is finishing well at the rim, hitting 80 percent of his shots from 0-3 feet. Defensively, Saric is moving his feet and can both bang with bigs and switch onto perimeter players without being completely smoked.
Draymond Green is not scaring anyone from the perimeter. Kevon Looney and Trayce Jackson-Davis aren't shooters. Jonathan Kuminga is hitting just 24.4 percent from deep. The Warriors need Saric and what he brings to the table. He's been excellent thus far and is the most invaluable role player this team has.