With the emergence–and we use that term loosely, because his abilities have been well known for some time–of Nate Robinson for the Golden State Warriors, it’s time to wonder about what they can do to make their push. It’s a short season, and at 3-6 the team is already at a crossroads. The odd man out would appear to be Stephen Curry, as Robinson has not only filled in very capably, he’s given the team the sort of spark that reminds us of Golden State ’06-’07.
I went to see the Warriors play in Salt Lake last year, and I am confident that I’ve never seen a team with a more lackluster approach to not only the game, but every single possession. The problem for Golden State is that Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis are essentially the same player: gifted scorers and facilitators, but in no way motivators. They won’t be firing up any of their teammates, and they suck on defense. They put up their shots–maybe they make them, maybe they don’t–and then move on with their lives. This is the vibe I gathered when watching up close, and while there might be room for one of those type of players in a starting five, two of them is not a winning combination. It’s been a few years now, the Ellis/Curry duo is not going to get it done. And quite frankly, Warrior fans deserve much, much better. They might be hands down the best fans in the league. They deserve players like Nate Robinson.
A move needs to be made, soon, and it looks like the Warriors have Curry to give. With value like that, Marc Jackson could bring in another Marc Jackson-type player. What about a Paul Millsap, a world class hustler and one of the more underrated power forwards in the league, with Devin Harris thrown in? The Warriors would lethal as always in the back court, and tough as nails up front with Millsap and David Lee. Just a thought. There’re a number of options, but if the Warriors don’t start exploring, they’ll finish mediocre at best. Warrior fans deserve better.