The Golden State Warriors haven’t been their usual self as of late. I mean, they’ve won games, they’ve been fun to watch, but they just haven’t been as dominant this season as they were before.
One of the main reasons for this mini-slump is the fact that their role players aren’t playing as well as they used to, considering their strong second unit was one of their biggest advantages over their rivals.
Moreover, Bob Myers, the team’s GM, has already admitted that they’re interested in adding another big to the roster, and that’s why they decided not to match Patrick McCaw’s offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But, who could the Warriors actually get to fix their depth woes at the 5? Let’s take a look at some of the most realistic options.
5. Kosta Koufos
Kosta Koufos isn’t enjoying his time with the Sacramento Kings right now. With Giles, Cauley-Stein, and Bagley piling up most minutes at the big men spots, there’s not much room for a borderline washed veteran.
Even so, he’s still an experienced big man that could work his way to the team’s rotation the same way Zaza Pachulia did - minus the dirty plays - but he would have to agree to a buyout with the Kings first.
4. Jahlil Okafor
It’s pretty safe to assume that Jahlil Okafor is never going to be even half the player we all thought he’d be but, hey, if someone can make the most out of him, that’s definitely Steve Kerr and his almighty Warriors.
Furthermore, if he can give them just 20 minutes and average 12 points and 7 boards a game, they would be on a much better position right now. In order to get him, they would have to match his salary on a trade.
3. Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe isn’t having the season he expected when he first signed to join the Toronto Raptors, as the veteran big man isn’t seeing much playing time even with Jonas Valanciunas sidelined with an injury.
Still, Monroe would be a perfect fit for the Warriors’ run and gun kind of offense, as he could really fit as a small-ball center in all-shooters lineups, although rim protection may be an issue with him.
2. Kenneth Faried
I refuse to think Kenneth Faried cannot help a contending team off the bench right now. Even on limited playing time, he’s shown that his grit, hustle, and effort in both sides of the glass are quite valuable.
He’s not much of a rim protector and spacing is going to be a problem, but he’s a perfect small-ball big man, a great finisher with both hands, and one of the best at catching lobs or scoring from the pick and roll, and he’s a prime buyout candidate.
1. Robin Lopez
The Golden State Warriors are reportedly very interested in trading for Robin Lopez, the only problem being the Chicago Bulls are trying to package him with Jabari Parker and Justin Holiday, which the Warriors can’t afford.
In order to get him, they’re likely going to have to find a third team willing to absorb expiring contracts, and he could really improve their second unit with his experience and veteran leadership.