By Alex Moss on July 15, 2014
Move over, James Harden’s beard; former NBA All-Star point guard Baron Davis is contemplating a comeback. Dubs fans fondly remember Davis as the point guard of the We Believe Warriors and as an electric passing talent with a knack for getting to the rim. Davis, who announced he would be interested in joining a team like the Warriors on July 14, 2014, could improve the Warriors’ rotation in numerous ways.
Due to the loss of Steve Blake, the Warriors are without a pure point guard. Shaun Livingston is capable of some ball handling off of the bench, but he cannot be counted on as a primary distributor in a fast-paced offense. Davis could act as a primary ball handler in bench units or even allow Curry, who is more of a combo guard than Davis, to play off of the ball to add more dimension to the offense.
While Livingston has proved to be a strong defender who can defend Curry’s man, too many teams in the Western Conference boast backcourts with both strong one and two-guards. Provided Davis is back in shape and has some quickness, a backcourt rotation with three above-average defenders would ensure the Western Conference’s talented guards would be defended well for all 48 minutes.
Last season, the Warriors’ bench was the least efficient and sixth-worst scoring in the NBA. Players intended to provide scoring for bench units, such as Harrison Barnes and Marreese Speights, were ineffective at creating their own shots; however, they also lacked a passing point guard to provide catch-and-shoot situations. Barnes and Speights are better catch-and-shoot playmakers than shot creators and would benefit from a passing point guard.
Curry has progressed into an All-NBA-caliber player, to be sure. However, the presence of a good-natured veteran point guard familiar with the franchise could only help develop Curry’s game. Curry and Davis’ skills contrast, and Davis’ knack for athletic play, finishing in the paint and on-ball defense could all rub off on Curry.
Whether the move was correct or not, Warriors management’s rapport with fans was damaged after Mark Jackson’s dismissal. Moreover, if the Warriors do trade Thompson for Kevin Love, Warriors fans may feel even less connected to the Dubs’ front office. Bringing back a familiar face with an eclectic personality representative of one of the better eras in Golden State’s recent history could remedy any potential rift in management-fan relations.
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