Let’s be fair and honest here. The whole NBA should just skip the 2018-19 season and hand out the Larry O’Brien trophy to the Golden State Warriors already after they’ve completed DeMarcus Cousins’ signing.
Boogie landing at the Bay will give the team 5 starters in their starting 5, and if beating them was already almost impossible, there’s absolutely nobody that could dethrone them now, barring major injuries or self-destruction.
So, now that the Warriors have already completed their outstanding core, what else could they do but sign a couple of role players to enhance their already scary second unit? Furthermore, what could they do to destroy their competition even more? Let’s take a look at the 5 free agents that would make the Dubs even scarier.
5. Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe is perfectly suited for the Golden State Warriors’ offensive style, having a sweet touch below the basket and being an above the average jump shooting big man as he’s been throughout his career.
Monroe can also be a very dominant defender given the chance, and he wouldn’t even need to be much a rim protector on this run and gun kind of team, especially considering how much they like to play small ball.
4. Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor needs to put a lot of work this season if he wants to prove that he’s worthy of all the praise he got when he was still in the NCAA and was considered to be one of the most dominant big men in the world.
Okafor has looked out of shape and has lacked confidence at times, so joining a winning team would really help ease things out for him. Also, he’d be a major high risk - high reward pick up for this team if he turns things around.
3. Arron Afflalo
There was a time where Arron Afflalo was actually one of the most underrated guards in the league due to his ability to do a little bit of everything and contribute in several aspects of the game.
And even though his best years are far behind him, he’s still a slightly above the average player in both ends of the floor and would love to have the chance to finally play for a Championship contender for the first time on his career.
2. Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford is one of the best sixth men in the history of the game, but he’s never been able to put the icing on the cake by playing for a contending side or even make it to the NBA Finals throughout his career.
The veteran guard can still put defenders on skates with great ease and is one of the best shooters in the world, a couple of features that make him a tailor-made player for Steve Kerr’s system.
1. Isaiah Thomas
And the best signing the Warriors could fulfill on a veteran minimum deal would be getting Isaiah Thomas to join their team and work as their backup playmaker, him being one of the craftiest scorers in the league.
Thomas is coming off a terrible season but he’d have a great shot at getting payback at the Celtics and the Cavs by joining forces with the best team in the world, not to mention the fact that it perfectly suits his style of play, and having him to back up Stephen Curry would be just insane for opposing coaches.