In the summer of 2012, the Golden State Warriors signed Carl Landry as a free agent and no one in the NBA took much notice. As this season has rolled on, signing Landry may have been one of the most underrated signings of the off-season.
Landry has come off the bench in all but one game for Golden State this season. Rather than just being a big body to throw in as somewhat of a place-holder as many back-up frontcourt players in the league are, he has been exceptional in the minutes that he’s played this year.
He’s played just 24.8 minutes per game, but has managed to put up 11.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting a fantastic 52.7 percent from the field. Moreover, Landry also has the third-highest Player Efficiency Rating on the Warriors (17.77) behind their two stars, Stephen Curry and David Lee.
One of the most remarkable things about Landry’s play offthe bench this season has been his consistency in performing. Night-in and night-out, he always seems to deliver at least some production. He’s not been held scoreless in any of his 59 appearances this season, he’s only had less than three rebounds three times this year and he has scored in double-digits in 38 of the games that he’s played in. The Warriors couldn’t ask for more from a player coming off of their bench.
As Golden State is trying to get back to their winning ways and not continue to slip in the Western Conference standings, Landry is going to be vital to any success that they have. He has to continue to play consistently well and give the Warriors solid minutes off the bench.