It’s safe to say that the Golden State Warriors haven’t started the season the way they wanted after winning the championship last year. They currently have a record of 9-10 and are in 11th place in the Western Conference, eliminating them from consideration for the playoffs and Play-In game.
However, enforcements might soon be implemented. Jae Crowder has been on the market for the Phoenix Suns, and the Warriors may be a potential landing point, according to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report. The exchange might, however, result in a significant multi-team transaction.
The Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, and Golden State Warriors are just a few of the Suns’ potential suitors, according to Pincus. One executive told B/R that a multi-team trade involving three, four, or even five NBA franchises could be the end result.
Before the start of the season, Crowder and the Suns parted ways after deciding to pursue a trade. The seasoned forward has been an integral part of the Suns’ nucleus for the past two seasons. In the previous campaign, he averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.9 assists while shooting 39.9% from the floor and 34.8% from beyond the arc.
The Warriors bench would improve if Crowder were to join the rotation.
Warriors in fear for the Bench Unit
This season, Golden State’s second unit has been terrible, and most important metrics place them below average. Their bench is 30th in plus/minus, 21st in offensive rating (52.3), 25th in defensive rating (59.8), 29th in three-point percentage, 24th in field goal percentage (43.3%), and 30th in turnovers (7.4).
Sean Deveney of Heavy Sports reported that sources told him that Golden State is “worried” about everyone who isn’t in the starting lineup.
According to a Western Conference executive who spoke to Deveney, “[Donte] DiVincenzo’s injury has been unfortunate for them since they were intending to put a lot on him early in the year.” The young men have not embraced their roles in the manner they had hoped. They are currently concerned about a lot more than just things that happen off the court. They are concerned for everyone after the first five.
This offseason, the Warriors signed DiVincenzo in an effort to replace some of the depth players they lost (Gary Payton II, Otto Porter Jr., Nemanja Bjelica, and others). He has struggled a little bit even when he has played this year despite dealing with ailments to start the year. The guard averages 4.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 32.3% from three-point range and 37.2% overall.
Warriors Trying Out a New Bench Plan
Steve Kerr and the coaching staff have been compelled to try out fresh approaches as the Warriors’ bench continues to struggle. According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, one of their newest strategies is to use Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green as a reserve unit late in games.
Coach Steve Kerr has been hunting for a solution for the past month, frequently switching around the second-unit lineups, according to Slater. It appears Kerr has finally settled on a tactic with long-term promise, as evidenced by this past week, which culminated in the 124-107 thrashing of the Clippers on Wednesday night. Now that Andrew Wiggins is leading a second unit and shooting a career-high percentage from the field (50.6 percent) and three-point range (43.4 percent), Draymond Green is in charge.