The Golden State Warriors have had a busy offseason. They had one of the bigger acquisitions this offseason in All-tsar forward Andre Iguodala. Golden State also signed other smaller contracts to fill out the roster.
One of those moves was signing center Jermaine O’Neal. Though he had a somewhat effective year with the Phoenix Suns last season, don’t expect him to get many minutes. If anything, O’Neal is really just an insurance player.
The Warriors already have David Lee, Andrew Bogut, Marreese Speights and Festus Ezeli in their big men rotation. O’Neal shouldn’t get minutes above any of these players. Lee and Bogut are very good starting big men, Speights can replace a lot of what Carl Landry gave them last year, and Ezeli is a promising young center.
The 34-year old center is as at the end of his career, and past the point of being a useful player. Unfortunately, he has dealt with leg injury issues for many years and that has cut his career shorter than what it could have been.
O’Neal still has the ability to score, but is not all that efficient. Besides, for the amount of offense he generates, he gives up much more on defense. He is really slow to rotate and cannot stay in front of anyone defensively.
Bogut has had injury problems the last few years and Lee had a leg injury in last year’s playoffs. Both are supposed to be ready for training camp, but it is nice to have O’Neal there just in case. Nonetheless, if O’Neal is getting minutes, that means something has gone wrong.