The Golden State Warriors are currently the 10th seed in the Western Conference, and it is clear that the offense needs some pieces that fit well with Steve Kerr's motion offense. Steve Kerr's system is based on having a lot of ball movement and spreading the floor with good shooters. The Warriors' system requires players who are willing to keep moving off the ball, while also being able to make the right pass to find the open man.
The Golden State Warriors need very specific players that can fit their style of play. There are a few players whose skills would be a great fit with the Warriors trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. The Warriors have talent on paper right now: but the pieces don't necessarily fit together as a greater whole.
This list consists of superstars that would immediately help the Warriors, and assimilate seamlessly with their system. A trade isn't necessarily possible for all of the players included. Some of these superstars are probably untouchable in trade talks. But it is interesting to think about how some players would work with an already existing core in Golden State, and how insane. Here are some of the possible superstars that would be a perfect fit with the Golden State Warriors.
5. Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis is one of the best perimeter-scoring big men in the league. The Latvian center is currently averaging 36.9% from 3PT range while shooting 6.3 attempts a game. Kristaps Porzingis could fix some of the Warriors' spacing problems from this season, while also providing a center who can score. Kristaps Porzingis's ability to score from multiple places on the court would make him able to capitalize off of Stephen Curry's gravity, as well as giving Draymond Green an elite scorer to make use of his playmaking.
Kristaps Porzingis is a player that could realistically be acquired via trade. There were rumors that the Dallas Mavericks have already contacted Golden State about Kristaps Porzingis, and that a potential trade could send Kristaps Porzingis away for Andrew Wiggins. Obviously, there could potentially be other pieces that are involved in this trade, such as young forward Eric Paschall, or even rookie James Wiseman. Kristaps Porzingis' skillset and ability to play off the ball would make him a great fit on the Golden State Warriors.
4. Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns has elite shooting prowess for a center, and could quite possibly be the best stretch center in the league. Towns is currently putting up 6.2 3PT shots a game while averaging a blistering 39.0% on those attempts. Karl-Anthony Towns is also an amazing player on the interior and can score in the post on offense and protect the rim on defense. Towns' most underrated skill is his passing: he averages 4.6 APG because he is often the focus of the opposing defense, which leads to his teammates getting easier shots. Playing with shooters who can actually punish the heavy defensive coverage Towns faces could potentially push him to another level, which means Golden State could be the perfect destination.
A trade package for Karl-Anthony Towns would definitely include the Warriors 2020 draft pick in James Wiseman. James Wiseman has all the tools to potentially become a dominant big man: he just needs a franchise where he can get consistent development touches. Young prospect Eric Paschall would definitely be included in the deal as well, and the Golden State Warriors would have to give Minnesota their 2021 pick back. Kelly Oubre Jr. would be the main salary piece in this deal, moving to Minnesota via sign-and-trade. A trade for Towns could potentially make the Warriors a dominant superteam once again.
3. Brandon Ingram
Brandon Ingram is one of the best offensive wing players in the league. Brandon Ingram's length and ability to create his own shot have drawn comparisons to Kevin Durant. With that in mind, it is easy to see how Brandon Ingram would fit on the Golden State roster. Brandon Ingram would give the Golden State Warriors a great creator in isolation. He would also be able to get many open looks due to Stephen Curry drawing a lot of the defensive attention. Ingram is an excellent perimeter shooter (38.3% from 3PT range) that can be a secondary or tertiary scorer in a Stephen Curry-based system.
Brandon Ingram also has potential on the defensive end, due to his length and athleticism. While Ingram isn't a lockdown defender currently by any means, the Warriors would likely help him develop those skills by putting him on the best opposing wing player. Brandon Ingram is already an All-Star, and playing with better players in Golden State could help him develop further. Ingram is one of the New Orleans Pelicans' best young prospects likely making a trade for him out of the Warriors' reach. While they may not actually acquire him, Brandon Ingram would be a perfect wing player for Golden State.
2. Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic is the best passing big man in the game. With great off-ball shooters like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, he could maximize his passing. Nikola Jokic is currently averaging 8.8 APG on the Denver Nuggets. In Golden State, that number could potentially be even higher as he would have better offensive players to work with. Nikola Jokic in turn would provide the Golden State Warriors with a center that fits with their ball movement-based system. He would provide another playmaking hub on the roster, and his passing would be a great combination with Stephen Curry's relentless movement off the ball.
Nikola Jokic is obviously untouchable for the Denver Nuggets. There is no team in the league that is trading an MVP candidate if they're not forced to do so. While Nikola Jokic won't be making his way over to Golden State, his fit within the roster would be seamless, and he'd add a superstar whose skills complement Stephen Curry's abilities perfectly. Jokic would also give the Warriors another option on offense: his inside scoring would offer another way to go at defenses outside of perimeter creation. Nikola Jokic would be a great offensive fit in Golden State.
1. Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid is one of the best centers in the league and has led the Philadelphia 76ers to the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference. Joel Embiid is one of the most dominant players in the league on the interior: there aren't many centers who can take him one-on-one inside. Joel Embiid's efficient inside scoring would give another dimension to the Golden State offense. The fact that Embiid can be the most dominant center on the interior on top of shooting the 3PT shot would make him a unicorn that fits into Golden State's system. The key here is his defense: the Golden State Warriors are missing a rim protector and rebounder, both of which Joel Embiid provides.
It is clear that Joel Embiid is not leaving the Philadelphia 76ers. However, Joel Embiid's fit in Golden State would be amazing. Surrounding a dominant inside scorer with elite shooters is a formula that has proven to work in the past, and pairing Joel Embiid with the Splash Brothers seems like it would be successful. It would be incredibly hard to stop that potential team because they could attack you well from anywhere on the court. Joel Embiid would provide an amazing two-way impact for the Golden State Warriors were he on the roster. However, the chances of him actually going to Golden State are slim to none.