The Golden State Warriors are in some serious need of defensive specialist help and may have found their man. Andre Kirilenko, the 6’9″, 235 pound big man could potentially be headed West.
The Golden State Warriors already have David Lee to start at the power forward position, but are in need of a serviceable backup. Kirilenko, who has spent the past ten seasons with the Utah Jazz, appears on his way out of Utah.
Kirilenko has averaged just twelve points, five rebounds, and three assists per game last season. His 17 PER was good, but not great in this 31 minutes of action per game.
The Warriors drafted Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green, who will have to adjust to a bigger, faster, stronger NBA game.
With just one power forward on the roster in David Lee, the Warriors need help at that position. Kirilenko does not have the size that would be wanted at the position, however, if the Warriors go small, he could easily fill that need.
Kirilenko has been solid but not great in his ten years in Utah. His past four years have been consistent at eleven points, five rebounds, and three assists per game, though he does have career highs of 17 points, eight rebounds, and four assits per game.
Kirilenko will give the Warriors another option to stretch the court because of his ability to shoot the deep ball.
However, I think this would be a bad fit for the Warriors. The Warriors need a big power forward to pair alongside Andrew Bogut or Andris Biedrins when David Lee is off the court, and I do not think AK is big enough to be that player.