Mailbag Warriors: James Wiseman, NBA rookies, and more

We are in such a beautiful place in the holiday season that people are already starting to get excited about Golden State Warriors Next season…so it seemed like a good time to have a mailbag, and answer some burning questions.

Thanks everyone for the great questions!

Well, as a technical measure, I’d like to add JaMychal Green in there instead of Trevion Williams, who still only has an outside chance to make up the list.

However, on paper, no, this team is worse. Gary Payton II is really, truly Good, and you couldn’t design a better fit for this team than Otto Porter Jr. Add to Nemanja Bjelica the spacing of the floor and the gaming industry, and the Warriors have been a hit, as much as I like Green and I really like Donte DiVincenzo.

But, As I wrote a while agoI still think they could be a better team. As I mentioned, they will have James Wiseman this year. They’ll have an entire season of Klay Thompson, likely without the rust that was so evident at the end of last year. They will have Jordan Paul who will likely take another big step forward, and Andrew Wiggins who is now used to the spotlight and probably won’t have the awful two months he had a year ago. Add in some potential jumps from Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, and it’s pretty easy to see how Dubs could be better this year, even though it’s going to be worse on paper.

Mostly not. Montrezl Harrell would be an absolutely wonderful addition to the Warriors. He’s legitimately one of the top scorers in the entire NBA, and a player as good as a bench scorer as you’ll find.

As a result, it’s worth a lot more money than the minimum contract veteran can offer.

Dubs only has two ways to sign Harrell. The first is that his recent drug accusations suppress his value enough that no one wants to offer him a contract worth more than the bare minimum (which is highly unlikely, I would say). The second is that it takes a big opponent to try to win a ring, or to try to rebuild his reputation with a great organization (probably, but still totally unlikely).

But we can dream!

No, I can’t believe it. Gui Santos is currently under contract with a Brazilian team, and as long as that is the case, the Warriors can continue to get his rights when he comes to the NBA.

But the G League is an NBA institution. You cannot craft and hide a player in G League. If they wanted to play for Santa Cruz, they would either have to use a place on the player roster while he played there (as they did with Allen Smilajic), or give up his rights, sign him to Santa Cruz, and hope there’s no NBA team. Offer him a real contract.

Here’s a completely different question: Will Jonathan Cominga or Patrick Baldwin Jr. develop a reliable three-point shot?

In theory, this question is completely different. Actually, it’s the same. If the answer is “yes”, then the answer to your question is “yes”. If the answer is “no” then the answer to your question is “no”.

Nothing I know. While JaMychal has been intimidating on the court, he is a respected player. And Draymond, as ferocious as he is, is a player who always wants to calm things down if you’re on his side (remember, he happily calmed things down with Tristan Thompson after he got hit, and they weren’t even his teammates!).

It’s hard to say, because unlike Wiseman’s rookie year, the Warriors are striving for victories and striving for a championship this season. So I really think there’s no way of knowing what to expect until we see what it looks like on the court.

I was expecting something in the 8-10 minute range to open the season, ready to go 15-20 (or even more!) if he wins. But they have no need to hurry. They survived last year with Looney as the lone center, and perhaps JaMychal Green is better equipped to be a small 5 ball than Porter or Bellica.

It would be very, very bad. And after possessions most likely, it will be very unpleasant.

Even formations that look like they should be fun are a pain in the ass to watch when they are horrific.

There are only two names that interest me. And that comes with the caveat that I’m pretty sure the Warriors are done making the moves. The first is Hassan Whiteside, who I think would be a huge addition to the roster, unless there are concerns off the field. Whiteside is one of the best rebounders in the NBA, and a good defensive player. He’s also an absolute beast of scorers, and a player who seems to get half a dozen points from offensive rebounds every night.

by EPM, Whiteside was a 90 percent offensive player last year, and a 73 percent defensive player. He’s, in essence, exactly what the Warriors hope Wiseman will become, just without a three-point shot and with a reputation forged by a few Snapchats and an appearance or five in Two idiot apartments.

So I like Whiteside on the Warriors. But I would also be happy with Carmelo Anthony, although he feels less important since signing JaMychal Green. However, while Milo is a long way from being the old Milo, he is an efficient bench scorer, and the Warriors can use 10-15 minutes of that.

I do not think so. First, I don’t think Warriors are very fond of DeMarcus Cousins. There’s a reason there’s no talk of a reunion after his first stint with Dubs. I guess things didn’t go well internally.

It also doesn’t really fit what they’re looking for. It’s not half as good as the Kyvon Looney, nor does it provide the overly sporty alternative look that Wiseman does, nor can it match the merits of the 5-ball mini greens or the Cuminga. I’m not sure what role he will play.

The Core 3 you get Statues. No doubt at all about that.

The only question…is Kevin Durant? Joe Lacob stated that KD will get a statue. Perhaps that was just talk, with Lacobe wanting to stay on Durant’s good side to impress him and keep a potential reunion on the table. But I think she was serious.

And understandable! Durant may have only played three years with the Warriors, but who cares? He’s a top 15 player of all time who spent three of the best years of his career in the Bay Area. He was either the best player or second best player on two of the best warrior teams you will ever see in your life. He won two best player awards in the finals.

His time with the Warriors wasn’t all that different from LeBron James’ time with Miami HeatAnd it deserves to be celebrated accordingly.

Now, would you put the KD statue together with Core 3? Do you put it separate from them? Do you put all four separate from each other?

I won’t even try to answer that question…