Despite the fact that they are playing without Klay Thompson for the second consecutive NBA season, the Golden State Warriors have actually been quite successful given that they have a bunch of new faces on their roster. Golden State currently finds themselves 19-16 and in 8th place in the Western Conference as the All-Star break approaches.
The first half of the season definitely should be viewed as a win by the Warriors’ front-office, especially since this team is much different than it was a year ago. Kelly Oubre Jr, Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman and Kent Bazemore are just a few of the new faces on this year’s Warriors team and while they have had their struggles at times, this team is definitely trending in the right direction.
For about half of the year, Golden State was without any of their centers, as Kevon Looney and James Wiseman both dealt with separate injuries. Now, with pretty much everyone fully healthy, the Warriors have looked dominant at times, but other times have struggled. The Warriors’ need for another center will be something to watch in NBA trade rumors.
This is how the season is going to be for the Warriors and what many expected to see from them this year. Steph Curry has been carrying this team to this point in the year and as a result, is definitely in the MVP conversation, but the start of the second half of the year will be crucial for this Golden State team.
Following the All-Star game on March 7th, the Warriors will play the Clippers, Jazz and Lakers in three consecutive games to begin the second-half of the season. These games will definitely test this team and give them a sense for where they lie in the Western Conference, but regardless of how they perform in these games, the Warriors could still use another big man.
Kevon Looney is not much of a contributor other than what he does defensively and James Wiseman is still growing as an overall basketball player, which is why they could look to target a familiar, veteran big man in JaVale McGee. He was very successful in his two seasons with the Warriors and with them needing another reliable frontcourt option, he could be the perfect addition for this team.
Let’s take a look at how the Warriors could potentially acquire JaVale McGee from the Cleveland Cavaliers before this season’s trade deadline.