If there was a line graph that showed a team’s talent level by position, the Golden State Warriors’ graph would look like a plateau with a steep, downward ramp at the end. The team is oozing with talent from the point guard to the power forward spot. Its main deficiency lies at center.
The Warriors sacrificed their big man rotation of Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights in order to sign Kevin Durant. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green now have a four-time scoring champion to pass to, but gone is the team’s front court firepower. The Warriors can remedy the situation by pursuing Greg Monroe.
The enigmatic 6-foot-11 center was plagued by fit issues in just his first year with the Milwaukee Bucks last season. Monroe is an above-average big man who in the right system could blossom into a perennial all-star. Playing for the Warriors would do just that. He is the last piece of the puzzle that can turn the franchise into legitimate NBA dynasty.
Blue Man Hoop indicated that the Warriors can acquire Monroe by trading bench players like Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala to the Bucks. Similar to the Durant situation, the Warriors would have to unload key pieces to get an even better cog. The potential tradeoff is risky, but it presents more good than bad.
Monroe is about same age as Curry, Thompson, Durant, Green. Low-post scoring and rebounding is his bread and butter. These are skills the Warriors need heading into next season. He scored 15.3 points and grabbed 8.8 rebounds per game this past season, as per Basketball Reference.
CBS Sports reported that the ambidextrous big man notched 32 double-doubles last year. That’s more than LeBron James and one less than Draymond Green. Additionally, he doesn’t have any major injuries. Aside from his two-game suspension due to a DUI incident in 2014, he has been a role-model citizen off the court.