By Charlie Stanton
If we learned anything in the latter part of the 2017-2018 season, it’s that the Warriors’ roster is unbalanced. Six of their sixteen rostered players are centers. This past season, Andre Iguodala, Patrick McCaw and Nick Young were the only wing players on the bench while Shaun Livingston and Quinn Cook were available to back up Stephen Curry at point guard.
Young may not be on the team next year and Livingston and Iguodala are entering the twilight stages of their careers. Quinn Cook and McCaw will likely return, but questions still loom about their potential moving forward.
Stockpiling wings is an increasingly successful strategy as the NBA becomes more of a position-less league. Versatility is a virtue (i.e., Draymond Green, Klay Thompson). Players with the ability to navigate three positions bring value to teams with free-flowing offenses.
Over the past six months, the Golden Choice has featured a handful of point guards and big men who the Warriors might draft. Upon reflection, it might behoove the Warriors to select a wing with the ability to shoot and switch on defense.