The San Antonio Spurs seemed to have gotten the steal of the 2009 NBA Draft by grabbing Pittsburgh Panthers superstar DeJuan Blair in the early second round. Blair immediately became a crowd favorite in San Antonio, but for whatever reason has become another Spurs outcast. That means he’s on the trading block and the team that would benefit most from his inside scoring ability is the Golden State Warriors.
During his first three pro seasons, Blair’s points-per-game average steadily increased as well as his assists while his rebounding stayed relatively consistent. His offensive skill set in the paint is remarkable for a forward/center for his size (6’7″ and 270 pounds) as he’s incredibly small for a big man in the NBA.
However, his footwork has helped him overcome his lack of height on the offensive end, but hasn’t done a lot for his defense. However, the Warriors really only need another scoring threat in the post because they have a superb defender in breakout star Festus Ezeli, who has been pairing with Harrison Barnes in the Warriors’ front court to play small ball during the absence of Andrew Bogut.
Bringing in Blair would help to fortify that front court, especially on offense, at least until Bogut returns and then would provide depth down there once all the Warriors are healthy. This is a serious trade the Warriors should consider if they aren’t already.