For the past 5 seasons, we have witnessed the Golden State Warriors run through the Western Conference like a wrecking ball. But, my oh my have the tables have turned. Now, the Warriors find themselves on the outside looking in, and that’s a tough pill to swallow for Steve Kerr and Bob Myers. It’s evident that the roster needs improvement. Especially after enduring the 3rd worst winning percentage (.231 %) in franchise history.
With that being said, the dubs have a ton of assets at their disposal. They have the #2 overall pick in this year’s draft, a TPE worth $17.2 mil, and a top-3 protected first round pick from the Timberwolves in 2022. Which should be more than enough firepower to propel the Warriors back into championship relevancy. Still, Bob Myers has to be feeling the pressure, and nobody can blame him.
One glaring hole in the Warriors roster is at the center position. Right now, the only true centers on the Warriors roster are Marquese Chriss and Kevon Looney. Likely, that won’t be enough to eclipse the star-studded western conference due to the Warriors lack of size, strength, athleticism, and depth. In a recent interview, Steve Kerr expressed his desire to revamp the Warriors frontcourt.
The Warriors will have plenty of opportunities to fill that need once the offseason finally begins. With that being said, let’s look at a couple of Bob Myer’s options.
Draft James Wiseman #2 Overall
Top tier prospect James Wiseman is expected to be available at #2. His seven-foot-six wingspan and shot blocking ability would give the Warriors the size advantage they want at center, but it would cost them. Wiseman would instantly be entitled to the 5th highest salary on the team ($24.1 million through 2023). In three games at Memphis, Wiseman averaged 19.7 PPG, 10.7 REB, and 3 BLK per game on 76% shooting. Kerr has typically utilized the center by committee approach in previous seasons. So, is it worth it to pay a center over 7 million per year just to play around 20 minutes per game? I don’t think so. Especially because Draymond Green is expected to play the center position more this season.
Fill the Position W/ Proven Vet.
The Warriors core four alone should attract veteran free agents to the bay. Veterans like Marc Gasol, Hasan Whiteside, Aron Baynes, Dwight Howard, Javale McGee, Nerlins Noel and Kelly Olynyk are all set to become free agents this offseason. Instead of spending extra cap money on an unproven draft prospect, the Warriors could cash in on their assets and trade for a proven role player using the TPE. Also, the Warriors are lacking back-up guards, and could fill that need in the first round.
Everything up to this point is merely speculation. We don’t know what the salary cap will look like next season. We don’t have a draft date. And most importantly, we don’t know the start date of next season. For now, all we know is that the Warriors are on the hunt for a new starting center.