Warriors Getting Huge Contributions From Bench
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The Golden State Warriors are having an excellent season sitting pretty with a record of 20-10. It is quite surprising given the fact that they usually stink every year. Head coach Marc Jackson has done a great job in the Bay Area and management made two shred moves in the offseason by signing Carl Landry as a free agent and trading for back-up point guard Jarrett Jack.
The Warriors have never had a strong bench in the past and this year it has paid huge dividends. They are averaging almost 25 points per game between them and are almost playing starter minutes. Landry is essentially a starter as current starter Festus Ezeli only plays about 15 minutes a game and is really a back-up. He only averages two points and four rebounds per game. Those are certainly not starter numbers. Jack is a borderline starting caliber player and brings great poise to the position. He doesn’t turn the ball over very often and is also a great shooter from behind the arc, shooting 43% from the three. That is a great weapon to have off of your bench, especially from a veteran player that you know that you can count on.
The Warriors core rotation consists of Landry, Jack, David Lee, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Harrison Barnes. Once they get Andrew Bogut back from injury they will be even more dangerous. That is a scary thought for the rest of the league.
The Warriors have had great success this season and their bench is one key reason for their improvement in the wins and losses column this year.