The Golden State Warriors made one of the most impactful signings in all of NBA Free Agency when they were able to clear the cap-space to land Andre Iguodala. Iguodala brings veteran leadership, energy and a defensive presence on the perimeter to this young team that will help them grow into contenders in the Western Conference.
However, the Warriors also lost a key part of their backcourt from last season with the departure of backup point guard Jarrett Jack. Though many can justifiably criticize Jack for his decision-making at times last season, there’s no denying that he, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson finishing games in a three-guard lineup was a real weapon for Golden State last season.
The Warriors were able to land a backup point guard in free agency this summer, though, when they agreed to a deal with four-year veteran Toney Douglas. Douglas has shown flashes of being an effective backup guard in the NBA, but most of his young career has been straddled with inconsistent play and an inability to realize his potential.
What Douglas will bring to the table off of the bench is a versatile guard that has the ability to score. For his career, Douglas is only a 40.7 percent shooter, but he is a career 35.9 percent shooter from beyond-the-arc, including three seasons of shooting above 37 percent. Much like Jack, he will come off of the bench and try to give the Warriors some offense in their reserve backcourt.
Unlike Jack, though, Douglas won’t be relied upon as much this season as Jack was. With the addition of Iguodala, the Warriors will be able to run out what is essentially a three-guard lineup without playing Douglas. His role will essentially be to give Curry rest whenever he needs it. Douglas will be a factor at times for Golden State this season, but not in the way that Jack was last year.
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