If the Warriors defense was dead, now it’s in hell.
Small Forward-Reggie Williams
Power Forward-Vladimir Radmanovic
If Nellie springs this five at any point next year, l might laugh up bile-soaked vomit. And would vomited laughter be less of a medical curiosity than Dubs defense? The Warriors are headed for D so absent, it’s unserious—even if sanity nixes Vlad-Rad minutes. Were Randolph, Azubuike, Maggette, and Turiaf great defenders? Nope, but they punched harder than most on the team, plus Turiaf was a shade better than decent. And Anthony Randolph had potential, an adjective the Warriors sell but never invest in.
I’m not including CJ Watson, a legitimately skilled defensive guard who may help the Heat win 73 games. Dismiss CJ at your peril, he has great lateral mobility and blurry-quick hands. So he’s probably gone. Good riddance to helpful players.
The Warriors were awful at defense last season, minutely better than a historically passive Raptors ballet troupe. Now their stingiest have been chucked in favor of David Lee. This likely won’t end well, which should be a familiar mental refrain to sentient observers.
Is there a ray of hope beaming from this Huffington Post statistical case for David Lee? There are those who dismiss stats as the foolish avocation of dorks, and they are a graying, shrinking, stupid contingent. This is decent analysis, I won’t throw a rock at it. Jonathan Weiler’s paean to Leefficiency is solid, but it is possible for two things to be true:
1. David Lee is underrated.
2. The Warriors were dumb for dumping two quality players, plus a 20-year-old phenom, all in the quest to sign Lee to a huge contract.
The new “center” won’t address what ails this team, but his contract will block healing avenues. In the meantime, the Warriors will score with a junkie’s urgency. The best defense for a hideous defense is a good offense, I guess.