Patrick Murray joins the LGW Vidcast to crunch some numbers and stir up the pot with Dub Nation
If we want big, Dwight Howard can be had and he's still got steam in his engine. If we want to march into the future with at least part of the core intact, Anthony Davis for the pick along with Green or Wiggins. I would even consider trading Klay for Davis. Lakers need a SG. AD is more than just a big man.
Toppin is also more than just a big man and that's what makes him interesting to consider. This draft represents a chance to build for the future as well as contend for a title next season. Both can be achieved with very astute picks in 2020 & 2021 or trades. My fear is that the Warriors will be risk adverse in not moving forward into the future and not even considering a major trade like Klay or Green plus the pick. Fear of change can stifle creativity and the Warriors have shown a lot of both. Star power puts asses in the seats, for sure, but doesn't guarantee any ring. Look at the Clips, the Bucks, and Houston. Time does not stand still. The Spurs are still the Gold Standard for longevity and rings, I believe.
Great stuff, D&D! I could watch you guys and Patrick all day. I was almost persuaded by Patrick’s case for Obi Toppin ... but not quite. The Blake Griffin comp was kinda the kiss of death for me. It’s not that Blake is bad, but if that’s your absolute upside?
No Wiseman has the power to reason away / what a fool belieeeeeves he seeeees....
I like this guy! Reminds us why Draymond is special and why Smart fits this Warriors team perfectly. None of this “we need more size” worry. Fully understands WHY the Warriors have been and likely still are the best.
Another nice job, Daniel and Duby! I read Patrick’s stuff a lot with GSoM and a bit on Forbes. Never knew he was from across the pond.
I’m still sticking with my west coast bias and hoping we could come away with a trade and Okongwu or Terry. Both those guys made an instant impact on the winning plays made by their college teams, and I feel that they are alot more getable than if the NCAA tournament had shown more of the country their skills. Maybe covid has teams trying to cut costs and no one scouted the Pac-12 (because why would you after its played such horrible basketball for the past few years.)
Okongwu seems like a more athletic version of Looney, and Terry is and every level scorer and passer like Steph and a great passing lane thief and off ball cutter too.
Please Warriors get a good off ball cutter!
Great podcast! Loved the Celtics trade idea! Wonder if Ainge would.
Cutting off ball is a skill that is huge for the Warriors, and it seems so simple to pick up, but few NBA players ever do improve at it. I Love that Patrick identified it as a reason to go with Toppin!!!!! Respect!
I had to take a pause and shed a tear for all the awful Warriors draft picks chasing a big man. It’s basically been the bane of the Warriors existence. Even when they drafted Webber, he forced his way out so quickly, it’s hard to call that a win. Wiseman just feels like the next Big Warriors mistake.
Go get Robin Lopez, the bucks refused to use him, or almost any other big with good defensive footwork for the minimum. Don’t waste the second pick of the draft on an obsolete position player with bad footwork just because they are tall.
Thanks for another great bit of content!